A truly wonderful adaptation of Hardy's great 19th century novel depicting the tragedy of a Wessex peasant girl who is destroyed by the social and religious hypocrisies of the day.
Originally titled Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented, Hardy's novel was serialised in The Graphic during 1891 - although in censored form as its challenge to the moral attitudes of the day was considered too overt for general consumption.
Violated by one man, forsaken by another, Therese Durbeyfield is the magnificent and spirited heroine of Thomas Hardy's immortal work.
When Tess's drunken father discovers their family can trace their ancestry back to Norman nobility, Tess's unhappy fate is set in motion as a train of events is unleashed. Exceptionally beautiful, Tess is given a place with her supposed noble kinsmen and is seduced and raped by the son of the family, Alec D'Urberville.
She returns home and gives birth to a sickly boy who soon dies. Trying to rebuild her life, Tess is employed as a milkmaid and meets Angel Clare. They fall in love and Angel proposes.
Scared of losing him, she can't face telling him about her past, but on their wedding night Angel confesses a previous affair, so Tess, convinced that he will now forgive her, owns up about her own relationship with Alec - with tragic consequences.
Therese (Tess) Durbeyfield : Justine Waddell
Alec D'Urberville : Jason Flemyng
Angel Clare : Oliver Milburn
Jack Durbeyfield : John McEnery
Joan Durbeyfield : Lesley Dunlop
Mrs D'Urberville : Rosalind Knight
Crick : Anthony O'Donnell
Mrs Crick : Christine Moore
Kail : Bryan Pringle
Marian : Debbie Chazen
Izzy : Candida Rundle
Retty : Amanda Brewster
Car Darch : Linda Armstrong
Nancy : Hannah Waterman
Cissie : Charlotte Bellamy.