Wessex Tales (1973– )
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A Tragedy of Two Ambitions 

This is the first of Dennis Potter's adaptations from Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). It aired on WESSEX TALES, a BBC2 series devoted to Hardy dramatizations. Hardy was born in Dorsetshire, an ... See full summary »

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Michael Tuchner

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (short story), Dennis Potter (adapted by)
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Episode cast overview:
John Hurt ... Joshua Harlborough
David Troughton ... Cornelius Harlborough
Paul Rogers ... Mr. Harlborough
Lynne Frederick ... Rosa Harlborough
Heather Canning Heather Canning ... Selimar
Edward Petherbridge ... Squire Fellmer
Betty Cooper Betty Cooper ... Mrs. Fellmer
Dan Meaden Dan Meaden ... Countryman
Andrew McCulloch ... Farm labourer
William Bond William Bond ... Farm labourer
John Rainer John Rainer ... Clergyman
Peter Bennett Peter Bennett ... Principal
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This is the first of Dennis Potter's adaptations from Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). It aired on WESSEX TALES, a BBC2 series devoted to Hardy dramatizations. Hardy was born in Dorsetshire, an area he called Wessex in his writings, including WESSEX POEMS (1898). As in the original short story, two brothers attained respectable positions, but then feel they must do something about their father's lowly status. Five years later, Potter did a BBC2 miniseries adaptation of Hardy's 1886 novel, THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE. Written by Bhob Stewart <bhob@genie.com>

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1973 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Pungent, anti-romantic period tragicomedies
1 August 2000 | by jwarthen-3See all my reviews

In 1974 or so,I saw three of these hour-adaptations from Hardy's short fictions, broadcast on a Georgia PBS station. I have never heard of them being shown again in this country. What stuck in the mind was the ferocity of their ironies-- the several dooms the series' characters brought upon themselves. I discover now that Dennis Potter supervised the series, wrote some of the scripts-- and the link between these stories and the perversities of PENNIES FROM HEAVEN, written soon after, is a revelation (read "Barbara of the House of Grebe"-- a brutal ghost story like nothing else I've read in Hardy). I would love to have copies of these shows.


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