A passionate sensual and very modern version of Thomas Hardy's infamous novel combining young upcoming acting talent with recognisable and much-loved faces. When the beautiful and innocent Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune meeting the manipulative Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man Angel Clare seems to offer her love and salvation but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent... Whilst unstintingly gorgeous and romantic this new... adaptation is an intense moving and provocative depiction of the tragically beautiful story. [show more]
I was about seventeen years old when I first read Tess Of The D'Urbervilles. I sat up until two o'clock in the morning to finish the final chapters because I just couldn't put the book down. Now, over thirty years later, this excellent dramatisation of Hardy's masterpiece had the same effect (I had purposely recorded all four episodes so that I could watch the whole story in one hit). Previous TV serialisations have ranged from very good to downright shoddy but none of them have ever so perfectly captured the emotional desolation wrought on Tess and Angel by the social strictures of their time. A heartachingly sensitive performance by Gemma Arterton and Eddie Redmayne that was made all the more so by the brilliant supporting cast. Another top quality drama from the BBC.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. This lavish adaptation of Thomas Hardy's literary classic start Gemma Arterton (THE QUANTUM OF SOLACE) in the titular role of Tess, the poor peasant girl who becomes a social outcast after she falls pregnant with the child of her rich cousin.
Four-part television adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic novel, set in his fictional county of Wessex. When Tess (Gemma Arterton) is sent to work for distant relatives following the death of her parents, she is pursued and exploited by Alec D'Urberville (Hans Matheson), eventually falling pregnant to him. Tess flees, and finally falls in love with the handsome Angel Clare (Eddie Redmayne), who seems to offer everything that Tess has wanted. But after he proposes marriage, tragedy strikes when Tess decides to confess her past to him the night before their wedding.