Hard Times

Overview

Strange as it seems, the 1977 adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel Hard Times was the first full-scale adaptation of this work ever seen on British television. Set of course! during the Industrial Revolution, the multiplotted story line was held together by the travails of Louisa Gradgrind Jacqueline Tong, a former circus employee who was adopted by a stern businessman and whisked off to a bleak industrial village called Coketown. With four-hour-long episodes at its disposal, this TV version managed to retain ...
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Overview

Strange as it seems, the 1977 adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel Hard Times was the first full-scale adaptation of this work ever seen on British television. Set of course! during the Industrial Revolution, the multiplotted story line was held together by the travails of Louisa Gradgrind Jacqueline Tong, a former circus employee who was adopted by a stern businessman and whisked off to a bleak industrial village called Coketown. With four-hour-long episodes at its disposal, this TV version managed to retain most of the characters and incidents of the Dickens original, and also kept sight of the author's indictment of the iniquitous social conditions which determined the behavior and the destinies of the main figures. Produced by Granada Television, Hard Times later aired in America via PBS. The 1994 BBC TV version, sometimes also referred to as a "miniseries," was actually intended to be seen in a single showing.
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Special Features

Charles Dickens bio and cast filmographies
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • UPC: 054961917990
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Rating:

  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,367

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Allen Thomas Gradgrind
Timothy West Josiah Bounderby
Jacqueline Tong Louisa Gradgrind
Edward Fox James Harthouse
Rosalie Crutchley
Alan Dobie
Technical Credits
John Irvin Director
Peter Eckersley Producer
Arthur Hopcraft Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hard Times
1. Facts [6:48]
2. Vagabonds [9:29]
3. A New Family [11:45]
4. Different Worlds [9:10]
5. It's a Muddle [5:38]
6. My Darling, My Love [6:54]
1. A Proposal [8:56]
2. Mr. & Mrs. Bounderby [6:57]
3. A Guest Arrives [8:10]
4. Opinions [11:13]
5. She Does Not Care [9:07]
6. A Helping Hand [7:38]
Disc #2 -- Hard Times
1. Intentions [10:03]
2. Financial Difficulties [4:52]
3. Loss [10:31]
4. It Doesn't Matter [7:53]
5. Rendezvous [9:27]
6. Changes [7:59]
1. No Longer Welcome [8:40]
2. Demands [6:49]
3. Accusations [7:44]
4. It's Over Now [8:14]
5. Where's Tom? [9:38]
6. Making It Right [8:30]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hard Times
   Episode Selection
      Episode One
      Episode Two
   Scene Index
      Episode One
      Episode Two
   Special Features
      Cast Filmographies
         Patrick Allen
         Rosalie Crutchley
         Alan Dobie
         Edward Fox
         Jacqueline Tong
         Timothy West
      Charles Dickens Biography
      Charles Dickens Booklist
Disc #2 -- Hard Times
   Episode Selection
      Episode Three
      Episode Four
   Scene Index
      Episode Three
      Episode Four
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