Hard Times (1977)
Compelling miniseries adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel about an industrial town in Victorian England, and how a local community leader and teacher's desire to see that children maintain a darkly realistic view of the world threatens to create an entire generation lacking imagination and joy. Patrick Allen, Timothy West, Edward Fox, Rosalie Crutchley star. 3 1/3 hrs. on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English; biography; filmographies.