Hard Times [Charles Dickens]

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20190930 (BBC7)

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 1854 classic about struggles in the industrial north, dramatised in four parts by Doug Lucie.

Thomas Gradgrind.... Kenneth Cranham
Josiah Bounderby.... Philip Jackson
Mrs Sparsit.... Eleanor Bron
Mrs Gradgrind.... Thelma Barlow
Sleary.... Derek Waring
Helen Longworth.... Louisa
Rachael.... Becky Hindley
Stephen.... Alan Williams
Mrs Pegler.... Marcia Warren
Francis Jeater.... Mrs Blackpool
Mr M'choakumchild.... Stephen Critchlow
Childers.... Chris Moran
Josephine.... Jaimi Barbakoff
A Boy.... Gregg Prentice
Servant.... Ioan Meredith
Waiter.... Declan Wilson
Sissy.... Stepanie Rawson
Bitzer.... Alexander Slater
Tom.... Nick Roud

Music by Nina Perry.

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2003.

The arrival of a circus challenges the provincial thinking of two local businessmen.

Radio adaptations of Dicken's classic English literature.

Charles Dickens's 1854 classic about struggles in the industrial north, dramatised in four parts by Doug Lucie.

Thomas Gradgrind ...... Kenneth Cranham
Josiah Bounderby ...... Philip Jackson
Mrs Sparsit ...... Eleanor Bron
Mrs Gradgrind ...... Thelma Barlow
Sleary ...... Derek Waring
Helen Longworth ...... Louisa
Rachael ...... Becky Hindley
Stephen ...... Alan Williams
Mrs Pegler ...... Marcia Warren
Francis Jeater ...... Mrs Blackpool
Mr M'choakumchild ...... Stephen Critchlow
Childers ...... Chris Moran
Josephine ...... Jaimi Barbakoff
A Boy ...... Gregg Prentice
Servant ...... Ioan Meredith
Waiter ...... Declan Wilson
Sissy ...... Stepanie Rawson
Bitzer ...... Alexander Slater
Tom ...... Nick Roud

Music by Nina Perry.

022003110920191002 (BBC7)
20191001 (BBC7)

Six years have passed; Tom is now working for Bounderby in his Bank, and he claims Louisa in marriage. Stephen Blackpool runs into trouble with the union men.

Charles Dickens's 1854 classic about struggles in the industrial north, dramatised by Doug Lucie.

Thomas Gradgrind ...... Kenneth Cranham
Josiah Bounderby ...... Philip Jackson
Mrs Sparsit ...... Eleanor Bron
Mrs Gradgrind ...... Thelma Barlow
Helen Longworth ...... Louisa
Rachael ...... Becky Hindley
Stephen ...... Alan Williams
Mrs Pegler ...... Marcia Warren
Slackbridge ...... Ioan Meredith
Blitzer ...... Declan Wilson
Tom ...... Richard Firth
Sissy ...... Lydia Tuckey
James Harthouse ...... Guy Henry
Chairman ...... Ben Crowe
Waiter ...... Damien Lynch

Music by Nina Perry.

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2003.

With Tom at his bank, Bounderby weds Louisa while Stephen angers the union.

Radio adaptations of Dicken's classic English literature.

Charles Dickens's 1854 classic about struggles in the industrial north, dramatised by Doug Lucie.

Thomas Gradgrind.... Kenneth Cranham
Josiah Bounderby.... Philip Jackson
Mrs Sparsit.... Eleanor Bron
Mrs Gradgrind.... Thelma Barlow
Helen Longworth.... Louisa
Rachael.... Becky Hindley
Stephen.... Alan Williams
Mrs Pegler.... Marcia Warren
Slackbridge.... Ioan Meredith
Blitzer.... Declan Wilson
Tom.... Richard Firth
Sissy.... Lydia Tuckey
James Harthouse.... Guy Henry
Chairman.... Ben Crowe
Waiter.... Damien Lynch

Music by Nina Perry.

032003111620191002 (BBC7)
20191003 (BBC7)

Stephen has disappeared, blamed for the robbery at Bounderby's Bank. James Harthouse sets his sights on Bounderby's wife, Louisa.

Charles Dickens's 1854 classic about struggles in the industrial north, dramatised by Doug Lucie.

Thomas Gradgrind.... Kenneth Cranham
Josiah Bounderby.... Philip Jackson
Mrs Sparsit.... Eleanor Bron
Mrs Gradgrind.... Thelma Barlow
Helen Longworth.... Louisa
Blitzer.... Declan Wilson
Tom.... Richard Firth
Sissy.... Lydia Tuckey
James Harthouse.... Guy Henry
Guard.... Chris Moran
Jane.... Soumaya Keynes

Music by Nina Perry.

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2003.

Blamed for the robbery, Stephen disappears. Harthouse sets his sights on Louisa.

Radio adaptations of Dicken's classic English literature.

042003112320191003 (BBC7)
20191004 (BBC7)

Sissy and Rachael go looking for Stephen Blackpool - tragedy follows. Tom's crime is uncovered and Gradgrind tries to save his son with Sleary's help.

Mrs Sparsit claims victory over 'The Noddle'.

Conclusion of Charles Dickens's 1854 classic about struggles in the industrial north, dramatised by Doug Lucie.

Thomas Gradgrind.... Kenneth Cranham
Josiah Bounderby.... Philip Jackson
Mrs Sparsit.... Eleanor Bron
Helen Longworth.... Louisa
Blitzer.... Declan Wilson
Tom.... Richard Firth
Sissy.... Lydia Tuckey
Stephen.... Alan Williams
Rachael.... Becky Hindley
Mrs Pegler.... Marcia Warren
Sleary.... Derek Waring

Music by Nina Perry.

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2003.

Stephen is missing, Tom goes on the run and Gradgrind gets some help. Dickens adaptation.

Radio adaptations of Dicken's classic English literature.