Hard Times (1977– )
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Thomas Gradgrind, a leading citizen of Coketown, raises his daughter and son to prize hard facts above soft sentiment. His friend Josiah Bounderby, shares the philosophy and applies it to ... See full summary »

Director:

John Irvin

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Arthur Hopcraft

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Patrick Allen ... Thomas Gradgrind
Timothy West ... Josiah Bounderby
Alan Dobie Alan Dobie ... Stephen Blackpool
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mrs. Sparsit
Ursula Howells ... Mrs. Gradgrind
Barbara Ewing ... Rachael
Jacqueline Tong ... Louisa Gradgrind
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Deeks Michael Deeks ... Kidderminster
Michelle Dibnah ... Sissy Jupe
Brenda Elder Brenda Elder ... Mrs. Blackpool
Sean Flanagan Sean Flanagan ... Bitzer
Tony Heath Tony Heath ... Childers
Harry Markham Harry Markham ... Sleary
Paul Ridley Paul Ridley ... McChoakumchild
John Who John Who ... Circus Performer
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Storyline

Thomas Gradgrind, a leading citizen of Coketown, raises his daughter and son to prize hard facts above soft sentiment. His friend Josiah Bounderby, shares the philosophy and applies it to running his bank and textile mills. But when a circus comes to town, it introduces the Gradgrind children to a new world of imagination, and a new companion-Sissy Jupe, a young performer whom their father adopts. Written by Anonymous

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The first hour of this four-hour series co-produced by WNET New York was aired on Wednesday 11 May 1977, 9 p.m. on PBS (and at this time not yet played Britain). See more »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1977 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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