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A Tale of Two Cities 

During the turbulent days of the French Revolution, Frenchwoman Lucie Manette falls in love with Englishman Charles Darnay who's hiding his true identity and purpose.
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Paul Shelley Paul Shelley ...  Charles Darnay / ... 8 episodes, 1980
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ...  Doctor Manette 8 episodes, 1980
Sally Osborne Sally Osborne ...  Lucie Manette 8 episodes, 1980
Vivien Merchant ...  Miss Pross 8 episodes, 1980
Nigel Stock ...  Jarvis Lorry 7 episodes, 1980
Judy Parfitt ...  Madame Defarge 7 episodes, 1980
Stephen Yardley ...  Defarge 7 episodes, 1980
Eric Mason Eric Mason ...  Jacques Three 6 episodes, 1980
David Collings ...  John Barsad 5 episodes, 1980
Peter Cleall Peter Cleall ...  Jerry Cruncher 5 episodes, 1980
Michael Halsey ...  Jacques One 5 episodes, 1980
Brian Grellis Brian Grellis ...  Jacques Two 5 episodes, 1980
David Webb David Webb ...  Gabelle 4 episodes, 1980
Harold Innocent ...  Stryver 3 episodes, 1980
John Abineri ...  Roadmender 3 episodes, 1980
Morris Perry ...  Marquis St. Evremonde 2 episodes, 1980
Michael Gothard ...  Gaspard 2 episodes, 1980
Frank Tregear Frank Tregear ...  Roger Cly 2 episodes, 1980
John Rolfe ...  Bank Clerk 2 episodes, 1980
Harry Fielder ...  Gaoler 2 episodes, 1980
David Rose David Rose ...  Guard Room Officer 2 episodes, 1980
Dennis Savage Dennis Savage ...  Young Cruncher 2 episodes, 1980
Peter Farmer Peter Farmer ...  Barrier Official 2 episodes, 1980
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During the turbulent days of the French Revolution, Frenchwoman Lucie Manette falls in love with Englishman Charles Darnay who's hiding his true identity and purpose.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

5 October 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Historia de 2 ciudades See more »

Filming Locations:

Jersey, Channel Islands

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(8 parts)

Color:

Color
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Scenes set in France were actually filmed in Jersey for financial reasons. See more »

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Version of A Tale of Two Cities (1965) See more »

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Very good on the whole
21 September 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Not perfect by all means, the story can jump around a bit and the early episodes at times lack excitement. However it is nicely done, as an adaptation it does respect Dickens' book though with omissions as well as inclusions that don't add very much. On its own it's fine, there is some crudeness in the production values but it is well shot and the costumes and sets have authenticity and opulence. The dialogue is tense and intelligently adapted, and while it takes some time to find its feet after around the halfway mark and we understand the characters and know who they are there is some very tense plotting which suited it fine, A Tale of Two Cities needs that. The best asset about this series is the acting, Judy Parfitt is absolutely chilling as Madame Du Farge and Ralph Michael and Nigel Stock stand out as well. Paul Shelley is more than credible in both the roles of Sydney and Charles, he is a little better as Sydney, mainly because Sydney is a more interesting character. Sally Osborne is just lovely and should have made it bigger. In conclusion, very good on the whole though the later episodes are stronger in quality than the early ones. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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