Tess of the D'Urbervilles on Masterpiece Theater

On Sunday nights, while Brentan plays hockey, I have taken to watch Masterpiece Theater on PBS. Sometimes the shows are cliched Masterpiece Theater, like Pride and Prejudice, but the last few weeks have been Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Now, I've never read the Hardy novel, but after watching the tragedy, and hopelessness of Tess, her doomed life, has made me want to read it! (I first have to finish Middlemarch) You can watch it on the PBS website, though it won't be as nice as on HDTV!
The scenes and cinematography was breathtakingly beautiful, more so than so many older Masterpiece Theater pieces. Sweeping scenes of the English countryside, an ending at Stonehenge!
Tess was played by a Bond girl, so she was lovely, of course, but also so dramatic, and passionate. And Angel Clare, a god of this earth! And Alec, so cruel, so handsome, and so bad boy!
(I just wish I had better pictures... it was gorgeous)


  1. This was an awesome movie. Holy cow. They stayed close to the book. And I loved the costuming and all the knitting that must have been done.

    I found your blog by searching for it. I hope they release some of their patterns... ok enough blabbing. Thanks for the post!

  2. Glad you enjoyed it too! It still hangs in my memory a bit, now almost a day later...

  3. I've heard really good things about that Tess series. It's a great novel too!

    Though have you heard this?http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jan/10/television-bbc-drama

    I almost posted about it. But now it seems even more relevant!


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