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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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Solid, but not brilliant See more (25 total) »


 (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 Special Effects by
James Munro Boles .... special effects technician (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Location Management
Darin McLeod .... assistant location manager / location scout (4 episodes, 2008)
Simon Nixon .... location manager (4 episodes, 2008)
Jake Sainsbury .... location assistant (4 episodes, 2008)
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)
Pam Weaver .... animal handler (4 episodes, 2008)

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Additional Details

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240 min (4 parts)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

BBC Television's first-ever adaptation of Hardy's novel.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 (1998) (TV)See more »


Who performs the music used in the BBC trailer?
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Solid, but not brilliant, 26 September 2012
Author: maerrie1 from Australia

I only recently watched this when it was on TV, but have been familiar with the book for years. I was entertained enough to watch all four episodes so that's a good start.

This production has many good points, the leading among them Gemma Arterton. She is fresh, intelligent and passionate and brings just the right touch of melancholy and spiritedness to Tess. She has the right type of natural beauty so that visually she complements the emotional qualities of her portrayal quite perfectly.

In fact, most of the leading characters were well played. I especially enjoyed Hans Mathieson's Alec, the villain with heart but a twisted core.

The photographic qualities of the film are fabulous, a real luxury; but not at the expense of the story. The trials and upheavals of Tess' life are faithfully and movingly shown. I think the story works very well, about 95% of the time, as a particular tale about particular people. This is what I enjoyed about it, but Hardy's novel does more than just tell a particular tale.

For the most part, the archetypal aspects of the leads (Tess, Angel & Alec) are insufficiently hinted at. For example, I don't think it's made clear enough that Angel loves Tess because she represents an ideal of feminine purity to him - in the book he calls her things like daughter of nature and Demeter, and this is unsatisfyingly absent here. Alec's more general role as the stronger force that distorts others' lives for the sake of personal convenience or transient pleasure could also have been more thoroughly explored (but his particular villainy and perverted love are artfully and powerfully portrayed). Angel, too, is more than just a man- he stands for the middle class with uncompromising values, no compassion and unjust double standards, which lead him to see Tess' misfortune as a greater crime than his voluntary "moral holiday" in London. Tess herself is perhaps better depicted as a representation of womanhood in her time - acute and sensitive, intelligent and hard-working, yet at the mercy of forces greater than her, and made to pay for 'sins' that she is not responsible for.

Despite the above, I don't think this is a huge omission; a novel and a mini-series are two different mediums, and if the makers thought they couldn't fit all of this into their production it was as well to leave it out altogether. So overall, still worth watching.

However I also have a gripe about the last episode, where I think the writer/s really dropped the ball. After a lengthy absence in which he sends no word, Angel suddenly reappears and has done a complete about-face with respect to his feelings about Tess. What changes his mind? What happened while he was gone? This seriously undermines the credibility of everything that happens from the moment of his return, because no reason is given for his radical change of heart. I feel that the story, character development and momentum hold up very well until Angel's return- and then drop off. This is a real shame - but while disappointing it doesn't ruin the rest of the production. Nevertheless, I wouldn't go out of my way to see it again.

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