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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.

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Nicholas Laughland (as Nick Laughland)

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (novel), Ashley Pharoah (adaptation)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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UK | USA

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English | French

Release Date:

23 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A zöldellő fa alatt See more »

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Ecosse Films,WGBH,BBC America See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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When Fancy is playing the harmonium for the first time in the church, one shot is taken from the former choir place and you can see Dick Dewy standing close to Fancy, although he is supposed to be away. See more »

Quotes

Parson Maybold: Like beasts of the field, they are facinated when a peacock lives amongst them.
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Connections

Version of The Greenwood Tree (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Abide With Me
Music by William H. Monk
Lyrics by Henry F. Lyte
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Hardy softens for Christmas - much to my joy and relief
27 December 2005 | by mexican_seafoodSee all my reviews

I normally approach Hardy adaptations with extreme caution as they have the ability to tarnish the brightest of moods. I read some of the previews and persuaded myself to give it a go. To my joy and astonishment this was a fantastic Christmas treat which the reviewer above clearly failed to understand. Whoever wrote it has clearly no real authority on Hardy whatsoever. The pages of the novel came to light perfectly on the small screen. Hawes was a perfect Ms Day, playing delightfully and genially into the audience's hand. However, for me the performance that stole the show was Pemberton playing a fantastically funny Shiner. He portrayed it with both depth and humour and lit up the screen every time he graced it. The scenery was stunning, the plot had depth and kept me and my family gripped throughout. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone with a warm heart, as it certainly warmed mine.


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