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After Tess is refused a graveyard burial for her child, she leaves home and becomes a milkmaid. The surprising perk of the job is the presence of Angel Clare, son of a parson. He is ... See full summary »

Director:

David Blair

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (novel), David Nicholls (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gemma Arterton ... Tess Durbeyfield
Eddie Redmayne ... Angel Clare
Ruth Jones ... Joan Durbeyfield
Donald Sumpter ... Parson Tringham
Trevor Cooper ... Mr Crick
Kenneth Cranham ... Mr Clare
Ian Puleston-Davies ... John Durbeyfield
Jodie Whittaker ... Izzy Huett
Rebekah Staton ... Marion
Emily Beecham ... Retty Priddle
Hans Matheson ... Alec D'Urberville
Jessica Turner ... Mrs Clare
Jeany Spark ... Mercy Chant
Hugh Skinner ... Felix Clare
Steven Robertson ... Cuthbert Clare
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Storyline

After Tess is refused a graveyard burial for her child, she leaves home and becomes a milkmaid. The surprising perk of the job is the presence of Angel Clare, son of a parson. He is learning the farm trade there, planning to emigrate, his parents are planning to set him up overseas. The true gentleman is the dream of all the girls, but only has eyes for Tess. She is as smitten after accidentally seeing him sleeping in the buff. He braves his mother's objections to wanting to marry a girl beneath the family's station, unlike Mercy Chant. Tess, at first, dares not accept on account of Mercy, a colleague and her past. As he doesn't object to her true genealogy, she reconsiders. Only when they are packed to leave, she discovers her last letter of confidences wasn't opened. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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BBC Drama Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Soundtracks

How Great Thou Art
Traditional Swedish tune
Lyrics by Carl Gustav Boberg
English lyrics by Stuart K. Hine
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