HARD TIMES 1977
UK / ITV Network – Granada / 4×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 25 October – 15 November 1977
Writer: Arthur Hopcraft / Novel: Charles Dickens / Producer: Peter Eckersley / Director: John Irvin / Music: Malcom Arnold / Camera: Ray Goode
Period drama serial Hard Times was based on the novel by Dickens. In the 1850′s the Northern Gradgrind family are ruled with a rod of iron by the patriarch Thomas but his children prove problematic for him thanks to his daughters ill starred marriage and his sons financial problems.
This slickly put together 4 part production was an emphatic hit for Granada studios and features a towering central performance from the legendary Patrick Allen.
JACQUELINE TONG as Louisa Gradgrind
PATRICK ALLEN as Thomas Gradgrind
TIMOTHY WEST as Bounderby
ALAN DOBIE as Stephen
URSULA HOWELLS as Mrs Gradgrind
BARBARA EWING as Rachel