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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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11 years, 9 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


12 years, 11 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


11 years, 2 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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