Laura Linney, Masterpiece Classic's new host, introduces the series in a warm and natural manner that viewers will find pleasing.
Gemma Arterton (Lizzy Bennet in Lost in Austen) plays Tess Durbeyfield.
Tess is the eldest daughter of a poor family. In the face of near constant adverse circumstances, she holds onto her pure heart and sensitive soul.
Click here for PBS character description; here for BBC description
Eddy Redmayne (The Other Boleyn Girl) plays Angel Clare, Tess's true love.
Angel is an intelligent and kind clergyman's son. Tess first sees him at a Mayday dance but he ignores her. Tess meets him again at a farm where she's working as a milkmaid and they fall deeply in love.
Click here for PBS character description; here for BBC description.
Hans Matheson (The Virgin Queen) plays Alec D'Urbervilles, Tess's obsessed tormentor.
The son of Simon Stoke and Mrs. Stoke d'Urberville, Alec d'Urberville is an heir to a fortune and the nemesis and downfall of Tess. After going to work at The Slopes - Alec's family home - Tess falls into his clutches. He is the "tragic mischief" and she is easily seduced by his apparent charm and generosity. PBS Character Description; BBC Description.
- Vic's review at Jane Austen's World: Nice Girls Do Finish Last