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Episode 1

When her father learns that the family is related to the aristocratic d'Urbervilles, Tess is sent to seek preferment. She meets Alec d'Urberville, who is to have a dramatic effect on her life...

The story of Tess Durbeyfield, the most tragic of Thomas Hardy's heroines. First published in 1891. Dramatised in four parts by Alan Sharp

Starring Claire Rushbrook as Tess, Adam Godley as Alec, James D'Arcy as Angel, Keith Barron as Mr Durbeyfield, Amelda Brown as Mrs Durbeyfield, Lyndsey Marshal as Liza Lu, Jennie Stoller as Mrs D'Urbeville, David Thorpe as Felix, Kenny Blyth as Cuthbert, Janice Acquah as Marion and Clare Corbett as Lizzie.

Music composed by Sylvia Hallett.
Violin: Isabel Watson

Director Mary Peate.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.

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1 hour

Last on

Thu 5 Oct 2017 03:00