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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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240 min (4 parts)
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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 »


Who performs the music used in the BBC trailer?
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Comparison with the book and the 1998 version, 30 July 2015
Author: StarDragyn from USA

I read the book and then watched this version and the 1998 version, all within the span of a couple months, so it is all quite fresh in my mind. My immediate response is that I did not like this version of the movie nearly as well as the 1998 version. The filming quality is rather better, because 10 years newer, and there are subtitles on the DVD, which are advantages. Also this version is an hour longer, so there are a few additional scenes that the other one didn't have. But even for all that, I feel that it's an inferior production.

I think hands down the cast in the 1998 version was better, EXCEPT for Alec D'Urberville, who seems closer to what I pictured him as in the book. The 2008 Tess's voice and mannerisms actually got on my nerves. Her look, voice, movements, and acting style all reminded me extremely of Jennifer Garner; she could easily pass for her little sister. Now, I think Jennifer Garner is great in a romantic comedy, but I would never cast her in a time-period drama. That style just does not work in a piece like this. I thought at first that maybe they were having the actress act very immature and use a babyish voice on purpose early in the film, so that it could alter as she grew up, but even after everything Tess goes through and all the growing up she does, the actress comes off extremely juvenile. I just had trouble taking her seriously. The 1998 Tess is way more convincing in the role. The 2008 Angel, I had read previously several complaints about his acting being rather flat, and I pretty much have to agree (though I had hoped to find him otherwise). He also has the problem of coming across simply too young. The actor was in fact the same age as Angel is said to be (26), but he looks very young for his age and again it is difficult to take him seriously. Granted that people got married young, but these two actors look too much like highschoolers with a crush on each other, rather than a convincing romance.

Even though there was more material, and therefore a few more scenes, there were more inaccuracies (altering the material rather than simply cutting it) in what it had than in the 1998 version. In general I'd say it followed the book quite closely, considering, but not as closely as the other one. There were several times I just cringed with "But that's not how it happened..." A few things they did treat more accurately, like the last few minutes of the movie.

I'm a big fan of soundtracks on time period films, so I think this is important to a good movie. This soundtrack was very prettily recorded, and I think on its own might make good music, but I frequently felt like the music did not really match up with the scene very well, which can be more distracting than cheaply budgeted music. The 1998 music is less impressive in quality, in my opinion, but worked better for the most part. The costumes and the scenery are beautiful, however.

Also, as a warning, there are 2 rather vivid sex scenes in this film. This and some of the subject matter may make this movie inappropriate for young children.

I came away from the 1998 version liking the book/story better than I had; and I came away from the 2008 version liking it less. This version simply did not carry as much power with it, and I never felt myself feeling for the characters as much as I did in the other one. Still, if you're into this genre or like comparing different versions (as I do), I wouldn't say not to watch it. But I don't recommend this being your only exposure to this intriguing and intense story. It's one that I had mixed feelings about as I read it, but has rather grown on me as it has sunk in more. And perhaps this version will grow on me as well, as I get more used to it.

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