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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

2008-2008 Ended/Cancelled
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Gemma Arterton (James Bond: Quantum Of Solace, St Trinian's) stars as Tess in this lavish four-part adaptation of Thomas Hardy's complex, profound and heart-breaking novel, Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

Hans Matheson (The Virgin Queen) is the caddish Alec, Eddie Redmayne (Elizabeth: The Golden Age) plays Angel, with whom she falls in love, and Jodie Whittaker plays Izz, her best friend.

The drama also features Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey) as Tess's mother Joan, and Anna Massey (Oliver Twist, The Importance Of Being Earnest) as Mrs D' Urberville.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles is directed by David Blair and adapted by David Nicholls, whose work includes the BBC's modern retelling of Much Ado About Nothing.

"Hardy is very intense and passionate and melodramatic. It isn't the buttoned-up quality you find in Eliot or Dickens" says Nicholls. "People think of Hardy as this chocolate-box author, but there's rape, murder and suicide. Tess is often tough in places, as well as being a beautiful and lyrical book."

Violated by one man, forsaken by another, Tess Durbeyfield is the magnificent and spirited heroine of Thomas Hardy's immortal work.

When Tess's drunken father discovers their family can trace their ancestry back to Norman nobility, Tess's unhappy fate is set in motion as a train of events is unleashed. Exceptionally beautiful, Tess is given a place with her supposed noble kinsmen and is seduced and raped by the son of the family, Alec D'Urberville.
Main Cast
N/AAnna Massey
as Mrs D'Urberville [S 1]
N/AChristopher Fairbanks
as Groby [S 1]
N/ADonald Sumpter
as Parson Tringham [S 1]
N/AEddie Redmayne
as Angel Clare [S 1]
N/AEmily Beecham
as Retty Priddle [S 1]
N/AGemma Arterton
as Tess Durbeyfield [S 1]
N/AHans Matheson
as Alec D'Urberville [S 1]
N/AIan Puleston-Davies
as John Durbeyfield [S 1]
N/AJessica Turner
as Mrs. Clare [S 1]
N/AJo Woodcock
as Liza-Lu Durbeyfield [S 1]
N/AJodie Whittaker
as Izzy Huett [S 1]
N/AKenneth Cranham
as Mr Clare [S 1]
N/ARebekah Staton
as Marion [S 1]
N/ARuth Jones
as Joan Durbeyfield [S 1]
N/ATrevor Cooper
as Mr Crick [S 1]
Recurring Cast
Hugh Skinner as Felix Clare [S 1] (4)
Steven Robertson as Cuthbert Clare [S 1] (4)
Christine Bottomley as Kate [S 1] (3)
Emma Stansfield as Mary [S 1] (3)
Jeany Spark as Mercy Chant [S 1] (3)
Jo Woodcock as Liza-Lu Durbeyfield [S 1] (3)
Joel Rowbottom as Abraham Durbeyfield [S 1] (3)

Premiered on Network:
BBC-1 in UK

Genres: Drama

Language: english  Runtime: 60 mins

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