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Episode #1.4 

After Alec gives up preaching in order to court Tess and father Darbeyfield is killed by illness, she writes a vicious letter to Angel rejecting him as 'cruel', which he never receives, and... 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
Eddie Redmayne ... Angel Clare
Ruth Jones ... Joan Durbeyfield
Christopher Fairbank ... Groby
Jodie Whittaker ... Izzy Huett
Rebekah Staton ... Marion
Kenneth Cranham ... Mr Clare
Ian Puleston-Davies ... John Durbeyfield
Jo Woodcock ... Liza-Lu Durbeyfield
Jeany Spark ... Mercy Chant
Jessica Turner ... Mrs Clare
Donald Sumpter ... Parson Tringham
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ... Mrs Brooks
Steven Robertson ... Cuthbert Clare
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Storyline

After Alec gives up preaching in order to court Tess and father Darbeyfield is killed by illness, she writes a vicious letter to Angel rejecting him as 'cruel', which he never receives, and starts wandering. By the time he's home and healed, it's hard to find her. When he does, she's 'Alec's creature'. She now commits an irreparable crime which ruins all their lives after a last passionate phase. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

BBC Drama Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Soundtracks

Rock of Ages
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady and music by Thomas Hastings
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