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Parson Tringham tells no one that John Durbeyfield's family is an impoverished branch of the noble, once mighty D'Urbervilles. However 'celebrating' in the pub, bad heart and bad luck end ... 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
Hans Matheson ... Alec D'Urberville
Ruth Jones ... Joan Durbeyfield
Eddie Redmayne ... Angel Clare
Donald Sumpter ... Parson Tringham
Ian Puleston-Davies ... John Durbeyfield
Anna Massey ... Mrs. D'Urberville
Christopher Fairbank ... Groby
Jo Woodcock ... Liza-Lu Durbeyfield
Joel Rowbottom Joel Rowbottom ... Abraham Durbeyfield
Steven Robertson ... Cuthbert Clare
Hugh Skinner ... Felix Clare
Laura Elphinstone ... Car Darch
Sara Lloyd-Gregory ... Nancy Darch (as Sara Lloyd Gregory)
Christine Bottomley ... Kate
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Storyline

Parson Tringham tells no one that John Durbeyfield's family is an impoverished branch of the noble, once mighty D'Urbervilles. However 'celebrating' in the pub, bad heart and bad luck end up completely ruining the family finances. His wife finally convinces daughter Tess to swallow her pride and seek help from the D'Urbervilles on a nearby estate. The heir, Alec D'Urberville, takes to her, arranges a job on the family's poultry farm and becomes her family's benefactor. Lost in the forest after a dance, he takes advantage of her. To save her honor and independence, she decides to leave. Written by KGF Vissers

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kiss | undressing | sex | teasing | tavern | See All (18) »

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 »

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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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Goofs

At one point in the first part, a church congregation sings a portion of the hymn, "How Great Thou Art." This was written in 1953, more than 60 years after the period in which the novel (published in 1891) takes place. See more »

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