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Tess of the D'Urbervilles tonight. Excited??

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wintera Sun 14-Sep-08 11:34:07

Really looking forward to this new bbc adaptation. The reviews I've seen up to now have been very complimentary. Cast also looks good.

wessexgirl Sun 14-Sep-08 11:35:53

Yes, me!

One of my favourite books, and the clips I've seen so far have really whetted my appetite.

paddingtonbear1 Sun 14-Sep-08 11:36:36

I will try and watch this. Not sure what time it's on. I did read the book, years ago.

wintera Sun 14-Sep-08 11:39:32

Its on at 9pm tonight on bbc1. Its in 4 parts apparently.

belgo Sun 14-Sep-08 11:42:44

Yes! I've programmed the digital recorder for all the parts. It's a long time since I read the book.

AbbaFan Sun 14-Sep-08 17:51:12

Yes - really looking forward to it.

Perfect Sunday night TV smile

JackieNo Sun 14-Sep-08 17:55:45

Hmm, not sure. Never been a big Hardy fan, for some reason. Apart, maybe, from Jude the Obscure.

cornsilk Sun 14-Sep-08 17:56:54

I'm not a big Hardy fan either. Will probably watch it though.

cornsilk Sun 14-Sep-08 17:57:37

Jude the obscure had Christopher Ecclestone and that one from Titanic in I think.

binkythebullet Sun 14-Sep-08 20:54:01

me me me

7 mins to go

OracleInaCoracle Sun 14-Sep-08 20:56:15

no, no, no.
hate the book.
hate all thomas hardy books.
remember arguing with my lit teacher about it for hours because id ripped it apart in an essay.

still at least i have dexter....

wintera Sun 14-Sep-08 20:57:40

That one from Titanic! I think you mean Kate Winslet! smile

Jeez, now Jude was a very tough film to watch. I had to turn it off when that terrible thing happened. I was traumatised!!

wintera Sun 14-Sep-08 22:14:30

Now that was very good indeed. Gemma Arterton is very pretty isn't she? Sickening really!! grin

The guy who played Alec was suitably creepy and yet strangely attractive. Not sure about the fella playing Angel but we will see more of him next week, so too early to form an opinion.

Much much better than the last tv version which was on ITV a few years ago.

findtheriver Sun 14-Sep-08 22:17:12

Beautifully filmed. I want to live in Tess's house. Yeah I know it was a hovel but these days it would be the rural idyll would it not?
Gemma thingummy very good I thought. Angel looks a bit too drippy. Alec - mmmm wouldnt mind giving him one!
BUT..........
a few niggles.. Tess should have been wearing a RED sash in the dancing scene at the start - very significant in the novel methinks so why change that detail, AND the D'Urberville house in the novel has a redbrick facade doesn't it? - again it may seem a mere detail but surely signifies the idea of 'falseness' .... I know, I'm nit picking, I really enjoyed the adaptation, but irritates me when they change things for no good reason.

wintera Sun 14-Sep-08 22:20:18

Glad you liked except for the niggles! I too am unsure about Angel, he did look a bit drippy you are right. Hopefully we will be proved wrong next week!

Twinklemegan Sun 14-Sep-08 22:25:54

I loved this, as I love the novel. I've loved every Thomas Hardy novel I've read. I studied Far From The Madding Crowd for GCSE English, and still love it which speaks volumes I think. (Unlike Haydn's Nelson Mass which I studied for A level music and now hate with a passion!)

I also saw the Jude The Obscure adaptation (haven't read the novel yet) and was traumatised by that event.

Is anyone watching The Tudors? The chap playing Alec d'Urberville is playing the Archibishop of Canterbury - he does has a shifty look about him and yet he's very attractive.

teddycat Sun 14-Sep-08 22:26:29

thought Alec was v. attractive and yes in a creepy way
kept thinking Tess' mum was going to say "tidy" (welsh accent) any minute

jezzemx Sun 14-Sep-08 22:26:44

Love the book. Loved it tonight. Can't wait for next week. I agree Angel did look a bit drippy.
Can anyone help me out. The actor who plays Alec. What has he been in before. I'm sure he played a similar character. It's driving me nuts!!!!

rookiemater Sun 14-Sep-08 22:27:22

Gave up watching about 40 mins in. I was just bored and felt it was too slow moving.

jezzemx Sun 14-Sep-08 22:29:20

AAAH Twinkle xpost. Thank you. I haven't been watching the Tudors I've must have seen him in a clip.

teddycat Sun 14-Sep-08 22:30:11

slow moving? getting raped moving back home then having a baby and losing all your friends?????

Twinklemegan Sun 14-Sep-08 22:31:09

His name's Hans Matheson and I know I recognise him from something before The Tudors...

I just googled him. Apparently he played the lead in the ITV adaptation of Doctor Zhivago, which I think is where I recognise him from.

wintera Sun 14-Sep-08 22:31:52

Re - The guy who plays Alec. I remember him from that Still Crazy film and also the ITV version of Dr Zhivago.

zippitippitoes Sun 14-Sep-08 22:32:02

i found it disappointing but too quick

Twinklemegan Sun 14-Sep-08 22:33:06

Why disappointing zippi?

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