Season 24, Episode 26 Charles Dickens' 'Hard Times'
First Aired: April 30, 1995
"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.
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- Premiered: January 10, 1971
- 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 E… (more)