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Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Season 1: Episode 4 -- Through a cruelly bitter winter, Tess continues to work on the farm. Alec, who seems to have replaced any religious fervour he once had with a passion for Tess alone, continues to plague her with his relentless attention.


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The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 21 of 22)

Gemma Arterton ... Tess Durbeyfield (4 episodes, 2008)

Eddie Redmayne ... Angel Clare (4 episodes, 2008)

Ruth Jones ... Joan Durbeyfield (4 episodes, 2008)

Hans Matheson ... Alec D'Urberville (4 episodes, 2008)
Ian Puleston-Davies ... John Durbeyfield (4 episodes, 2008)

Christopher Fairbank ... Groby (4 episodes, 2008)

Jo Woodcock ... Liza-Lu Durbeyfield (4 episodes, 2008)

Steven Robertson ... Cuthbert Clare (4 episodes, 2008)

Hugh Skinner ... Felix Clare (4 episodes, 2008)

Jodie Whittaker ... Izzy Huett (3 episodes, 2008)

Kenneth Cranham ... Mr Clare (3 episodes, 2008)

Donald Sumpter ... Parson Tringham (3 episodes, 2008)

Rebekah Staton ... Marion (3 episodes, 2008)

Jessica Turner ... Mrs Clare (3 episodes, 2008)

Jeany Spark ... Mercy Chant (3 episodes, 2008)
Joel Rowbottom ... Abraham Durbeyfield (3 episodes, 2008)

Christine Bottomley ... Kate (3 episodes, 2008)

Emma Stansfield ... Mary (3 episodes, 2008)

Emily Beecham ... Retty Priddle (2 episodes, 2008)
Trevor Cooper ... Mr Crick (2 episodes, 2008)
Sally Bankes ... Mrs Crick (2 episodes, 2008)

Series Directed by
David Blair (4 episodes, 2008)
Series Writing credits
Thomas Hardy (4 episodes, 2008)
David Nicholls (4 episodes, 2008)

Series Produced by
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH (4 episodes, 2008)
Kate Harwood .... executive producer (4 episodes, 2008)
Robbie Sandison .... line producer (4 episodes, 2008)
David Snodin .... producer (4 episodes, 2008)
Series Original Music by
Rob Lane (4 episodes, 2008)
Series Cinematography by
Wojciech Szepel (4 episodes, 2008)
Series Film Editing by
Pia Di Ciaula (4 episodes, 2008)
Series Casting by
Kate Rhodes James (4 episodes, 2008)
Series Production Design by
Candida Otton (4 episodes, 2008)
Series Art Direction by
Andrea Coathupe (4 episodes, 2008)
Series Costume Design by
James Keast (1 episode, 2008)
Series Makeup Department
Bee Archer .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 2008)
Pamela Haddock .... makeup designer / hair designer (4 episodes, 2008)
Hannah Proverbs .... assistant makeup artist (4 episodes, 2008)
Series Production Management
Sue Bunyan .... production manager (4 episodes, 2008)
Sam Lucas .... post-production supervisor (4 episodes, 2008)
Darin McLeod .... unit manager (4 episodes, 2008)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victoria Banks .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 2008)
Finn McGrath .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 2008)
Chantelle Stoffel .... third assistant director (4 episodes, 2008)

Lindsay Furness .... third assistant director (unknown episodes, 2008)
Series Art Department
Mark Buck .... hod plasterer (4 episodes, 2008)
Will Cann .... stand-by props (4 episodes, 2008)
Danny Clements .... dressing props (4 episodes, 2008)
James Fennessy .... head of paint department (4 episodes, 2008)
Elizabeth Marcussen .... assistant buyer (4 episodes, 2008)
Catriona McKail .... standby art director / stand-by art director (4 episodes, 2008)
Andrew Barnden .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2008)
Series Sound Department
Wayne Brooks .... sound effects editor (4 episodes, 2008)
Ben Cross .... foley editor (4 episodes, 2008)
Chris Roberts .... dialogue editor (4 episodes, 2008)
Leyton Rooney .... foley editor (4 episodes, 2008)
Alan Sallabank .... dubbing mixer (4 episodes, 2008)
Simon Trundle .... foley mixer (4 episodes, 2008)
Ian Waggott .... foley artist (4 episodes, 2008)
Bruce Wills .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2008)
Steve Wright .... boom operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (3 episodes, 2008)
Rick Gould .... adr recordist (3 episodes, 2008)

Elliott Childs .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes, 2008)
Adam Davidson .... adr recordist (unknown episodes, 2008)
Paul Kerr .... second boom operator (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Chris Mortimer .... visual effects supervisor (1 episode, 2008)

Iain Read .... digital effects artist (unknown episodes, 2008)
Simon Rowe .... digital compositor (unknown episodes, 2008)
Yolanda Rubio .... digital effects artist (unknown episodes, 2008)
Series Stunts
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 2008)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Batten .... additional camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Brian Beaumont .... gaffer / lighting gaffer (4 episodes, 2008)
Nick Beeks-Sanders .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Nick Briggs .... stills photographer (4 episodes, 2008)
Eddie Done .... electrician (4 episodes, 2008)
Jamie Phillips .... clapper loader (4 episodes, 2008)
Luke Stone .... assistant grip (4 episodes, 2008)
Robin Stone .... grip (4 episodes, 2008)

Carolyn Hughes .... camera trainee (unknown episodes, 2008)
Peter Davies .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Steve Hopkins .... additional electrician (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Jane Anderson .... casting associate (4 episodes, 2008)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathryn Blight .... costume assistant (4 episodes, 2008)
Amanda Hambleton .... costume cutter & maker (4 episodes, 2008)
Gini Lewis .... daily costume assistant (4 episodes, 2008)
Series Editorial Department
Simon Brook .... on-line editor (4 episodes, 2008)

Kane Williams .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Steve Parr .... music recording & mixing (4 episodes, 2008)
Series Transportation Department
David Robinson .... camera car driver (4 episodes, 2008)
Nigel Venables .... facilities driver (4 episodes, 2008)

Bowfie Baird .... driver: main unit (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Tom Chapman .... floor runner (4 episodes, 2008)
Laragh Cresswell .... assistant coordinator (4 episodes, 2008)
Ash Cross .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2008)
Carmel Maloney .... production consultant (4 episodes, 2008)
Elaine Matthews .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 2008)
Darin McLeod .... assistant location manager / location scout (4 episodes, 2008)
Simon Nixon .... location manager (4 episodes, 2008)
Jake Sainsbury .... location assistant (4 episodes, 2008)
Pam Weaver .... animal handler (4 episodes, 2008)

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Additional Details

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240 min (4 parts)
Aspect Ratio:
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Co-stars Hans Matheson and Eddie Redmayne have both starred as Marius in different adaptations of 'Victor Hugo''s novel, Les Misérables. Matheson appeared as Marius in Les Misérables (1998), while Redmayne played Marius in the musical version, Les Misérables (2012).See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1913)See more »


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13 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Like the second act of Les Miserables in two minutes, 9 October 2008
Author: Xanthe Young from United Kingdom

As much as I fell in love with this 'mini TV series' after the first few minutes, and as much as I love writing reviews on here I was determined I wouldn't write anything until I'd seen all of it, I was right to do so.

I admit, I haven't read the book, I probably will now though, so maybe it isn't fair for me to say ti's a good adaption, maybe the book is better I honestly don't know but it feels like it's been well adapted.

Certainly in terms of acting performances, editing, mise-en-scene and the like it's excellent. I was completely taken with the look of it the moment the opening credits started, maybe it's just because I love period films and series' in general but there was something about the look of it that was just pleasing to the eye. The costumes arn't particularly realistic, in one scene Tess wears an in-probably rich shade of red but i don't care, it's all artistic license as far as I'm concerned. And lets face it, the BBC don't exactly have a reputation for realism what with the cast of Robin Hood all looking like they'd all previously been part of a boy-band, but this was better.

Going back to acting performance's I say perfectly honestly they are some of the finest I've ever seen. Say what you like but i think the girl who plays Tess is excellent, maybe the accent is a little exaggerated but her conveyal of the emotions makes the character compelling and it can't be an easy part to play. Both Angel (I hate his name too) and Alec are excellently portrayed as well, particularly Angel in the last few scenes (you almost like him, despite how annoyingly nice he is) but also the supporting characters Rettie is moving in her patheticness and their Groby is too creepy for words, he literally sends a shiver down your spine.

As for conveying the story, I don't see how it could have been done better. I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone but I will say, have a box of tissues next to you, it was sadder than Steven Speilbergs 'A.I.: Atificial Intelligence' it was like the second act of Les Miserables, the same amount of tears (and thats a lot, an hour and a half of tears streaming down your face) compacted into two minutes. The stupidest thing was I watched it on BBC i-player so it ended with a message popping up saying 'I hope you enjoyed this programme' well not enjoyed as such, but I'm glad i watched it.

It'd going on my Christmas wish list right now.

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