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.
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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