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Tess of the D'Urbervilles 

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The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 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
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Storyline

In the late 19th century, Tess Durbeyfield is sent off to visit a rich cousin, Alec D'Urberville, when her parents learn that they are distantly related. Tess takes a disliking to the man and his attempts at seduction are rebuffed. Returning from a village party he forces himself on the innocent girl who eventually makes her way back to her parents' home. Ashamed and pregnant she seems destined to forever being marked a certain kind of woman. After the death of her child, she makes her way to a prosperous farm where, working as a milkmaid, she meets and eventually marries the handsome Angel Clare. On learning of her past however, he abandons her and with little choice and facing a life of extreme hardship, again falls into Alec's clutches and becomes a kept woman. Written by garykmcd

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BBC [UK] | PBS [United States]

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English

Release Date:

4 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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(4 parts)

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Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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Version of ITV Play of the Week: Tess (1960) See more »

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Hard to Watch (with constant frustration and anger)
28 May 2017 | by aphrodisiaciixSee all my reviews

A series that is very hard to watch let alone enjoy.

The social injustices, the criminality, the misfortunes, the stupidity, the callousness, the hatred, the misunderstanding, the selfishness, the vicious ego, the dreadful life... all of these negativity conjured up in me the constant mixed feelings of anger, desperation, depressed, frustration, sadness...

This is not entertainment, but rather a tortuous emotional provoking and roller coaster ride which unfolded screen by screen throughout the series in the worst sense of darkness and tragedy journey all the way to the last screen.

Good cast with fine acting job. Beautiful scenery and very appropriate color tones throughout. So, not all is lost.

Strongly recommended for people who enjoy seeing others suffer in a wretched and miserable life without happy ending. Stay away, otherwise.


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