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Masterpiece Episode: "Tess of the D'Urbervilles"

Season 39, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Part 1 of 2. The "Masterpiece Classic" season premiere features an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," about a young woman (Gemma Arterton) who learns that, though her family is poor, she's descended from aristocrats. She takes a position with a family who purchased her ancestral name, D'Urbervilles, and she is preyed upon by Alec (Hans Matheson), the libertine son, from whom she flees. Ian Puleston-Davies: John Durbeyfield. Anna Massey: Mrs. D'Urberville.
Original Air Date: Jan 4, 2009
Guest Cast Ruth Jones: Joan Durbeyfield Jo Woodcock: Liza-Lu Durbeyfield Rebekah Staton: Marion Jeany Spark: Mercy Chant Hugh Skinner: Felix Clare Christopher Fairbank: Groby Christine Bottomley: Kate Hans Matheson: Alec D'Urberville Steven Robertson: Cuthbert Clare Donald Sumpter: Parson Tringham Emily Beecham: Retty Priddle Trevor Cooper: Mr. Crick Kenneth Cranham: Mr. Clare Eddie Redmayne: Angel Clare Sally Bankes: Mrs. Crick Jodie Whittaker: Izzy Huett Merelina Kendall: Miss Evans Sara Lloyd Gregory: Nancy Darch Gemma Arterton: Tess Durbeyfield Ian Puleston-Davies: John Durbeyfield Anna Massey: Mrs. D'Urberville Jessica Turner: Mrs. Clare

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'

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