Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008)

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The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections.

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 Tess Durbeyfield (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Angel Clare (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Joan Durbeyfield (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Alec D'Urberville (4 episodes, 2008)
Ian Puleston-Davies ...
 John Durbeyfield (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Groby (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Liza-Lu Durbeyfield (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Cuthbert Clare (4 episodes, 2008)
Hugh Skinner ...
 Felix Clare (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Izzy Huett (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Mr Clare (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Parson Tringham (3 episodes, 2008)
Rebekah Staton ...
 Marion (3 episodes, 2008)
Jessica Turner ...
 Mrs Clare (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Mercy Chant (3 episodes, 2008)
Joel Rowbottom ...
 Abraham Durbeyfield (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Kate (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Mary (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Retty Priddle (2 episodes, 2008)
Trevor Cooper ...
 Mr Crick (2 episodes, 2008)
Sally Bankes ...
 Mrs Crick (2 episodes, 2008)
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In the late 19th century, Tess Durbeyfield is sent off to visit a rich cousin, Alec D'Urberville, when her parents learn that they are distantly related. Tess takes a disliking to the man and his attempts at seduction are rebuffed. Returning from a village party he forces himself on the innocent girl who eventually makes her way back to her parents' home. Ashamed and pregnant she seems destined to forever being marked a certain kind of woman. After the death of her child, she makes her way to a prosperous farm where, working as a milkmaid, she meets and eventually marries the handsome Angel Clare. On learning of her past however, he abandons her and with little choice and facing a life of extreme hardship, again falls into Alec's clutches and becomes a kept woman. Written by garykmcd

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BBC Television's first-ever adaptation of Hardy's novel. See more »

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There are two musical anachronisms. First, Angel plays an autoharp which was not invented until the 1880s in Germany, and would not have been an English folk instrument at the time of TESS. Secondly, the congregation is heard singing "How Great Thou Art," which was written in Swedish in 1885, but was not commonly known in English until Stuart Hine's translation (circa 1950). See more »

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Hardy Labour
18 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A review of the first episode and I am I have to say disappointed. I am partial to Austen/Hardy/Dickens and have enjoyed many of the recent adaptations but this is not as good. Central to this is the central character the eponymous heroine. The young actress is vapid, her accent is poor and her expression lifeless. You get the impression she is acting i.e there is no suspension of disbelief and she is, I find, annoying. Her mother too is as bad as Dawn French was in Lark Rise to Candleford! Thankfully there are others in it who can act, who go some way to redeeming it. Anna Massey as Mrs D'Urberville, Donald Sumpter as Parson Tringham, Christopher Fairbank as Groby all give good turns and Hans Matheson as Alec is suitably creepy. Unfortunately Tess does not evoke our sympathy as she is too wooden and unlikeable.

I will continue to watch in the hope that it improves, but am not expecting much...I am enjoying 'Lost In Austen' much more!


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