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Masterpiece Episode: "Charles Dickens' 'Hard Times'"

Season 24, Episode 26
Episode Synopsis: "Charles Dickens' `Hard Times' " is set in the fictional industrial center of Coketown, where middle-aged Josiah Bounderby (Alan Bates) weds 20-year-old Louisa Gradgrind (Beatie Edney). Mrs. Sparsit: Dilys Laye. Gradgrind: Bob Peck. James: Richard E. Grant. Sissy: Emma Lewis.
Original Air Date: Apr 30, 1995

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'

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