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Under the Greenwood Tree (2005)

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 23 April 2006
In this lighthearted romance from Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy, the beautiful new village school teacher is pursued by three suitors: a working-class man, a landowner, and the vicar.


Nicholas Laughland (as Nick Laughland)


Thomas Hardy (novel), Ashley Pharoah (adaptation)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keeley Hawes ... Fancy Day
James Murray ... Dick Dewy
Terry Mortimer Terry Mortimer ... Robert Penny (as Terence Mortimer)
Richard Leaf ... Thomas Leaf
Tony Haygarth ... Reuben Dewy
Jane Wheldon Jane Wheldon ... Mary Dewy
Sian Brooke ... Susan Dewy
Ellie Thackeray Ellie Thackeray ... Bessy Dewy
Liam DeGruchy Liam DeGruchy ... Charley Dewy
John Axon John Axon ... Elias Spinks
Steve Pemberton ... Mr. Shinar
Ben Miles ... Parson Maybold
Alethea Steven Alethea Steven ... Anne Roebuck
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Geoffrey Day
Sean Arnold Sean Arnold ... Farmer


Young educated beauty Fancy Day comes to town to teach school and care for her ailing father. Soon gossip around town turns to who Miss Day will marry. The lead contender is wealthy Mr. Shinar. Fancy, however, has also caught the attention of poor Dick Dewy and Parson Maybold. Poor Fancy is also caught in the middle of a feud between the parson and the former church choir when the parson introduces a harmonium to provide the church music, effectively usurping the choir, and asks Fancy to play. Written by Kim

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Drama | Romance


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English | French

Release Date:

23 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A zöldellő fa alatt See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ecosse Films,WGBH,BBC America See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Fancy is playing the harmonium alone in Parson Maybold's house, the movement of her hands fails to sync up with the sound of the harmonium. See more »


Reuben Dewy: I hear Mr Shinar has proposed, then.
Geoffrey Day: He has. Just waiting on the girl to say yes.
Reuben Dewy: And she will say yes, do you think?
Geoffrey Day: She's like her mother. She needs to squeeze the last bit of drama out of the thing, but those church bells will be ringing out come harvest time. You mark my words.
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Version of The Greenwood Tree (1929) See more »


La ci darem la mano
from the opera "Don Giovanni"
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Design, decor "Under the greenwood Tree".
28 December 2005 | by dave-arrowsmith2See all my reviews

As the designer on the production I take exception to the comments displayed in the ALstubbino review of "Under the Greenwood Tree". I can tell the writer of the last review that great care and extensive research was undertaken to achieve the sets and decor on the production, down to the smallest detail. I don't know what or where or how he/she has based their negative opinion perhaps they would like to enlighten us all as to where we went wrong!!. I enjoyed the production and for a TV drama think the production value and direction excellent. Under the greenwood tree is a fine adaptation of the original Hardy novel , not the novel itself, and as a TV drama stands up well, I would recommend it to anyone as a good family film.

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