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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

BBC Premiered Jan 01, 2008 Unknown


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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles is a 4 hour British television miniseries adaptation from 2008 based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel from 1891. The story follows the poverty stricken young country woman Tess (Played by Gemma Arterton) who tries to improve her life and social status upon realizing her family is connected to the extremely wealthy D'Uberville family. However she ends up enduring heavy heartache and shame as she falls in and out of love with Alec D'Urberville (played by Hans Matheson) and Angel Clare (Eddie Redmayne). The script for this adaptation was written by David Nicholls. He wanted to focus on Tess as not just a 'passive victim,' but an 'active, forceful and opinionated young working class woman.' It was directed by David Blair. Unlike most BBC television shows it was shot on actual 35mm film as opposed to digital film. The show later aired in the United States as a two part 'Masterpiece Classic' program on PBS.

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 10/12/2008

Season 1 : Episode 4

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  • First review? nice...

    I'm a huge Gemma Arterton fan so that was the first draw for me here. However, the story line is also great and got me watching the original miniseries and even reading the book. But nothing compares to this telling of it, although, it is definitely not the happiest of stories so be prepared for a fair bit of heart ache! Still worth watching though! NOTE: girls will enjoy this the most; definitely got an intense period drama/chick flick vibe.moreless

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Historical, British TV, Love & Romance, Classics