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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling 

The life, loves and adventures of the charming rascal Tom Jones, a foundling child born of a serving wench but allowed to grow up in the privileged surroundings of Squire Allworthy's ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
John Sessions ...  Henry Fielding 5 episodes, 1997
Benjamin Whitrow ...  Squire Allworthy 5 episodes, 1997
Ron Cook ...  Benjamin Partridge 5 episodes, 1997
Christopher Fulford ...  Mr. Square 5 episodes, 1997
Richard Ridings ...  Reverend Thwackum 5 episodes, 1997
Brian Blessed ...  Squire Western 5 episodes, 1997
Frances de la Tour ...  Aunt Western 5 episodes, 1997
Max Beesley ...  Tom Jones / ... 5 episodes, 1997
James D'Arcy ...  Blifil 5 episodes, 1997
Samantha Morton ...  Sophia Western 5 episodes, 1997
Brian Pettifer ...  Parson Supple 5 episodes, 1997
Kathy Burke ...  Honour 5 episodes, 1997
Sylvester McCoy ...  Mr. Dowling 4 episodes, 1997
Michelle Fairley ...  Mrs. Fitzpatrick 4 episodes, 1997
Camille Coduri ...  Jenny Jones 3 episodes, 1997
Celia Imrie ...  Mrs. Miller 3 episodes, 1997
Matt Bardock Matt Bardock ...  Jack Nightingale 3 episodes, 1997
Kelly Reilly ...  Nancy Miller 3 episodes, 1997
Lindsay Duncan ...  Lady Bellaston 3 episodes, 1997
Peter Capaldi ...  Lord Fellamar 3 episodes, 1997
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The life, loves and adventures of the charming rascal Tom Jones, a foundling child born of a serving wench but allowed to grow up in the privileged surroundings of Squire Allworthy's household. This position allows him to grow up with, make the acquaintance of and eventually fall in love with the beautiful daughter of his wealthy neighbour, Sophia Western. However, the path to true love rarely runs smooth and family pressure, the difference in their parentage and 18th century social custom prevent the young lovers from being together. Eventually both are forced out of their gentile, protected surroundings and into the great wide world to see what adventures real life might bring. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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5 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

While filming a scene in which their characters get into a physical confrontation, Brian Blessed actually punched Peter Capaldi in the face so hard he knocked him unconscious. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US release on A&E deleted several scenes from the original UK version, including some of the narrator's introductions, a few scenes with Blifil, and a brief (but graphic) sex scene. See more »

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Version of Tom Jones (1917) See more »

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Why, Soldiers, Why
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Vocals performed by Max Beesley
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How could you NOT like this?!
5 March 2002 | by arumboldSee all my reviews

This was a spectacular, delightful series -- energetic, lusty, and highly amusing. It was graced with wonderful performances all around, particularly from Blessed, Whitrow, Beesley, and a hilarious Kathy Burke in the role of Honour. Once the story gets past Tom Jones as a boy it really starts moving and keeps you enthralled. Without a doubt, this was one of the best BBC productions to come out in recent years -- another prime example of the superiority of British televison compared to most of the drivel that comes out of the States!


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