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Michael Henchard, an out-of-work hay-trusser, gets drunk at a fair and for five guineas sells his wife and child to a sailor. When the horror of his act finally sets in, Henchard swears he will not touch alcohol for twenty-one years. Through hard work and acumen, he becomes rich, respected, and eventually the mayor of Casterbridge. But eighteen years after his fateful oath, his wife and daughter, Elizabeth-Jane, return to Casterbridge, and his fortunes steadily decline.

Series Cast

  1. Alan Bates as Michael Henchard

    Alan Bates

    Michael Henchard

    7 Episodes

  2. Janet Maw


    7 Episodes

  3. Jack Galloway

    Donald Farfrae

    7 Episodes

  4. Anna Massey as

    Anna Massey

    5 Episodes

  5. Ronald Lacey as

    Ronald Lacey

    4 Episodes

  6. Jeffrey Holland as

    Jeffrey Holland

    4 Episodes

  7. Richard Owens

    3 Episodes

  8. Anne Stallybrass as

    Anne Stallybrass

    2 Episodes

  9. Freddie Jones as

    Freddie Jones

    2 Episodes

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Last Season


1978 | 7 Episodes

Season 1 of The Mayor of Casterbridge premiered on January 22, 1978.

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The Mayor of Casterbridge


Status Ended


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Type Miniseries

Original Language English


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