Tom Brown's Schooldays (TV serial)

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Tom Brown's Schooldays
Written by Thomas Hughes (novel)
Anthony Stevens (writer)
Directed by Gareth Davies
Starring Anthony Murphy
Iain Cuthbertson
Simon Fisher Turner
Richard Morant
Country of origin UK
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 5
Producer(s) John McRae
Running time 225 min
Original network BBC1
Original release 14 November 1971 (UK)

Tom Brown's Schooldays is a 1971 television serial adaptation of the 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 writing new sub-plots about Flashman and Arnold.[1] It also included some scenes of bullying and corporal punishment which may have been strong stuff 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.



  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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