Tom Brown's Schooldays (TV serial)

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Tom Brown's Schooldays
Genre Drama
Directed by Gareth Davies
Produced by John McRae
Written by Thomas Hughes (novel)
Anthony Stevens (writer)
Starring Anthony Murphy
Iain Cuthbertson
Louise Jameson
Simon Fisher Turner
Richard Morant
Country UK
Language English
Original channel BBC
Release date 14 November 1971 (UK)
14 January 1973 (US)
Running time 225 min
No. of episodes 5

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

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, writing new sub-plots around Flashman and Arnold and including some graphic caning scenes.[1] The sadistic overtones of the latter attracted the attention of 'Clean-up TV' campaigner Mary Whitehouse who claimed they broke the BBC's guidelines on violence.[2]

The series was regarded as well-acted[citation needed] and was later shown on Masterpiece Theatre in the USA. Both the programme and Anthony Murphy's lead performance won Emmy Awards.



  1. ^ See Katheryn Hugehes's article on Hughes' novel in The Guardian .
  2. ^ Charles Gillies "Mrs Whitehouse, Casanova, and Tom Brown's Schooldays", Glasgow Herald, 8 December 1971, p.8

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