Masterpiece Classic

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles - Part One

Season 39, Episode 1 of 14

A poor but proud young woman falls prey to a very wicked man and very good one in this latter-day Greek tragedy, set in England's West Country in the late 1800s. Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) stars as Tess, joined by Hans Matheson ("Dr. Zhivago") as her seducer, Alec, and Eddie Redmayne (Elizabeth: The Golden Age) as Angel, the idealistic and self-deceiving man she loves. In part one, Tess Durbeyfield (Gemma Arterton) learns that she is descended from the aristocratic D'Urbervilles and seeks employment with claimants to their name. Fleeing Alec (Hans Matheson), the family's dissolute son, she falls in love with Angel (Eddie Redmayne), an idealistic farmer.

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