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Under the Greenwood Tree (2005)

In this lighthearted romance from Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy, the beautiful new village school teacher is pursued by three suitors: a working-class man, a landowner, and the vicar.


(as Nick Laughland)


(novel), (adaptation)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Mortimer ...
Robert Penny (as Terence Mortimer)
Reuben Dewy
Jane Wheldon ...
Mary Dewy
Sian Brooke ...
Susan Dewy
Ellie Thackeray ...
Bessy Dewy
Liam DeGruchy ...
Charley Dewy
John Axon ...
Elias Spinks
Alethea Steven ...
Anne Roebuck
Tom Georgeson ...
Geoffrey Day
Sean Arnold ...


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23 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Just before the harmonium falters, we see the sheet music on the organ. The notated music is a completely different piece to that which is being played. This is evident in the notes on the page - no title is shown. See more »


Reuben Dewy: Tap the cider, Mr. Penny. Sabbath or no.
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Ridiculously good
27 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

This production is based upon the wonderful Thomas Hardy novel. Don't expect the novel, but expect to receive its inspiration in multitudes via Ashley Pharaoh's adaptation.

The acting is superb and the chemistry between Hawes and Murray is as good as it gets, selling their evolving relationship completely. As beautifully photographed, designed, and directed as "Under" is, I found the editing to be impressive in particular. It's quite a feat to pull off this entire story (or any Hardy work) in about 90 minutes without a hitch while maintaining the propulsion of the plot. In general, editing is an extremely underrated occupation, and without the work of Mr. Steven Singleton, this particular production would have been the sorrier.

We just saw this on "Masterpiece Theater" for the second time, and it has the makings of a classic. 10/10.

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