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Tom Brown's Schooldays
Written byThomas Hughes (novel)
Anthony Stevens (writer)
Directed byGareth Davies
StarringAnthony Murphy
Iain Cuthbertson
Simon Fisher Turner
Richard Morant
Country of originUK
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes5
Production
ProducerJohn McRae
Running time225 min
Release
Original networkBBC1
Original release14 November 1971 (1971-11-14)

Tom Brown's Schooldays is a 1971 television serial adaptation of the 1857 Thomas Hughes novel Tom Brown's Schooldays.

It was originally screened on the BBC1 Sunday afternoon slot, which often showed serialisations of classics aimed at a family audience. It made some free adaptations to Hughes's novel, creating the role of Flashman's father, and added new sub-plots about Flashman and Arnold.[1] It also included scenes of bullying and corporal punishment which may have been too graphic for family viewing. "Clean-up TV" campaigner Mary Whitehouse claimed that the programme broke the BBC's guidelines on the depiction of sadistic violence.[2]

The series was later shown on Masterpiece Theatre in the USA. Both the programme and Anthony Murphy's lead performance won Emmy Awards.

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Serial (radio and television)

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Adaptation

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Thomas Hughes

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School corporal punishment

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Mary Whitehouse

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Cast

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Anthony Murphy (artist)

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Iain Cuthbertson

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Iain Cuthbertson was a Scottish character actor and theatre director. He was known for his tall imposing build and also his distinctive gravelly, heavily accented voice. He had lead roles in The Borderers (1968–70),Tom Brown's Schooldays (1971), Budgie (1971–72), its spinoff Charles Endell Esquire (1979–80), Danger UXB (1979) and Sutherland's Law (1973–76), as well as the films The Railway Children (1970), and Gorillas in the Mist (1988). He guest starred in many prominent British shows including The Avengers, Dr. Finlay's Casebook, The Onedin Line, Survivors, Ripping Yarns, Doctor Who, Z-Cars, Juliet Bravo, Rab C. Nesbitt, Minder, Inspector Morse and Agatha Christie's Poirot.

Louise Jameson

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Harry "Scud" East

Harry "Scud" East

Harry "Scud" East is a fictional character in the book Tom Brown's School Days. He is perhaps the closest friend of Tom Brown. His nickname is Scud because he is so quick on his feet. In the book he is referred to as East.

Richard Morant

Richard Morant

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Barry Stokes (actor)

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Gerald Flood

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Richard Gibson

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Christopher Guard

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Daniel Hill (actor)

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Robin Langford

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John Paul (actor)

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Source: "Tom Brown's Schooldays (TV serial)", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Brown's_Schooldays_(TV_serial).

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References
  1. ^ "Kathryn Hughes finds that Tom Brown's Schooldays is not the jolly romp most of us remember". the Guardian. 19 September 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2022.
  2. ^ Charles Gillies "Mrs Whitehouse, Casanova, and Tom Brown's Schooldays", Glasgow Herald, 8 December 1971, p. 8
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