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Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008)

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Gemma Arterton Gemma Arterton
 Tess Durbeyfield 4 episodes, 2008
Eddie Redmayne Eddie Redmayne
 Angel Clare 4 episodes, 2008
Ruth Jones Ruth Jones
 Joan Durbeyfield 4 episodes, 2008
Hans Matheson Hans Matheson
 Alec D'Urberville 4 episodes, 2008
Ian Puleston-Davies Ian Puleston-Davies
 John Durbeyfield 4 episodes, 2008
Christopher Fairbank Christopher Fairbank
 Groby 4 episodes, 2008
Jo Woodcock Jo Woodcock
 Liza-Lu Durbeyfield 4 episodes, 2008
Steven Robertson Steven Robertson
 Cuthbert Clare 4 episodes, 2008

Written by
Thomas Hardy Thomas Hardy
(4 episodes, 2008)
David Nicholls David Nicholls
(4 episodes, 2008)


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9 years, 6 months ago at Jul 30 2:09
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That haunting song has been stuck in my head ever since I saw this four-part BBC miniseries. It was a stroke of genius to incorporate this folk tune into the soundtrack (composed by Rob Lane), which sums up the mood and aura of this tragic tale of a young woman wronged so unjustly by two men. Gemma Arterton is wonderful as Tess Durbeyfield, probably Thomas Hardy's most well-loved heroine, exploite... read more


10 years, 8 months ago at May 31 7:07
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A great adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel. I think Gemma Arterton was the perfect choice. She's sweet, pure and innocent, very close to Hardy's description of Tess. I loved her acting as well, very truthful.
But the male characters are a bit disappointing in the sense that they are not as close to the original characters. There are some variation in scenes and dialogues too.
All in a... read more


8 years, 10 months ago at Mar 12 0:07
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Great acting in this one, which is pretty characteristic, I think, of Masterpiece Theatre. I saw Eddie Redmayne in another MT Classic - I think Songbird? - and he was great in that as well. I only saw the first half of this, but what I've seen is true to the book, rare in the book-to-film scenario, and very impressive. The chemistry between Arterton and Matheson is undeniable in this one.
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The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections.
Release date: 14 September 2008
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