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Episode 1

Charles Dickens, Hard Times Episode 1 of 4

Hard facts are all that provincial businessmen, Mr Gradgrind and Mr Bounderby feel are necessary in life. But the arrival of Sleary's circus in Coketown shows another way...

Charles Dickens's classic about struggles in the industrial north, dramatised in four parts by Doug Lucie.

Stars Kenneth Cranham as Thomas Gradgrind, Philip Jackson as Josiah Bounderby, Eleanor Bron as Mrs Sparsit, Thelma Barlow as Mrs Gradgrind, Derek Waring as Sleary, Helen Longworth as Louisa, Becky Hindley as Rachael, Alan Williams as Stephen, Marcia Warren as Mrs Pegler, Francis Jeater as Mrs Blackpool and Stephen Critchlow as Mr M'choakumchild.

Music by Nina Perry.

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.

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1 hour

Last on

Tue 13 Jun 2017 03:00