Hard Times

Dickens' Mr Gradgrind.

A successful man.

A man who operates on facts, not imagination.

His children must behave the same way.

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Dickens' Mr Gradgrind.

A successful man.

A man who operates on facts, not imagination.

His children must behave the same way.Hard facts are all that Coketown businessmen, Mr Gradgrind and Mr Bounderby feel are necessary in life, but Sleary's circus arrives in town to show another way..

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

Dickens dramatisation stars Kenneth Cranham.

Stars Kenneth Cranham and Philip Jackson.

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20071024 (BBC7)
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Lou marries Bounderby but does not love him.

Mrs Sparsit schemes.

Stephen gets a black mark against him.

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.

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

Dickens dramatisation stars Kenneth Cranham.

Stars Kenneth Cranham and Eleanor Bron.

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20071025 (BBC7)
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James Harthouse uses Tom's gambling habit as a way of getting close to Lou.

Dickens' tale of the troubled Gradgrind family.

Stephen has disappeared, blamed for the robbery at Bounderby's Bank.

Harthouse sets his sights on Bounderby's wife, Louisa.

Blamed for the robbery, Stephen disappears.

Harthouse sets his sights on Louisa.

Dickens dramatisation stars Kenneth Cranham.

Stars Kenneth Cranham and Philip Jackson.

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Rachel searches desperately for Stephen.

Tom goes on the run.

Gradgrind is forced to change his beliefs.

Sissy and Rachael go searching for Stephen.

Tom's crime is discovered and Gradgrind tries to save his son.

Stephen's missing, Tom goes on the run and Gradgrind gets Sleary's help.

Conclusion of Dickens' classic with Kenneth Cranham.

Stars Kenneth Cranham and Eleanor Bron.