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Masterpiece Theatre; Charles Dickens' Hard Times

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Masterpiece Theatre
Charles Dickens' Hard Times
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Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

Alan Bates stars in this dramatization of the Charles Dickens novel in which Thomas Gradgrind, an adherent of Utilitarianism, propels his daughter, Louisa (Beatie Edney), into marriage with Josiah Bounderby (Alan Bates), a man twice her age. Harthouse, intrigued by Louisa and determined to seduce her, offers his sympathy when Louisa is distressed by her brother Tom's drinking and gambling. The simple compassion and steadfast character of Sissy Jupe, a young circus girl taken into the Gradgrind household as a maid, comforts Louisa.

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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Charles Dickens' Hard Times,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 26, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2EF88B811DBD408499A1FC450ECDE2E2.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Charles Dickens' Hard Times.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 26, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2EF88B811DBD408499A1FC450ECDE2E2>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Charles Dickens' Hard Times. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2EF88B811DBD408499A1FC450ECDE2E2
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