VIEWPOINT: And Now, Here's Charles Dickens

Trollope and his Pallisers were merely the vanguard of a Victorian invasion of the small U.S. screen. This week the Public Broadcasting Service begins a four-part series based on Charles Dickens' Hard Times. Another Dickens novel. Our Mutual Friend, will be presented on PBS next fall, and before the year is out the network plans a serialized biography of the author.

The Dickens era is well begun with this production of Hard Times, which is as spare as The Pallisers is lush. Whether PBS intended it or not, the two series are ideal...

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