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Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Loss of Faith (03:42)

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At the farm, D'Urberville arrives to visit Tess. He reports that seeing her has "knocked all of his faith out of him." He asks to take her away; she hits him. This BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" was produced in 2008.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Fat Around His Heart (03:37)

Tess's younger sister, Liza-Lu arrives at the farm to let Tess know how ill their father is. Tess leaves without giving notice and instructs the other worker girls to tell D'Urberville that her husband has returned.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Strangers (02:59)

D'Urberville finds Tess at her parents' house. He implores her to allow him to take care of her family; she asks him to leave. Tess writes an angry letter to Angel Clare.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Queer Union (03:06)

D'Urberville finds the Durbeyfields evicted from their home. He defends Tess's honor which mollifies her. Her mother blames Tess for their bad fortune after John Durbeyfield's death.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Mutual Agreement (02:25)

D'Urberville begs Tess to let him provide for her and her family. He tells her he has gone straight to her mother and promised to provide for the family in exchange for Tess.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Yellow Fever (02:32)

During a religious ceremony, deathly ill Angel Clare presents himself to his parents. After he recovers somewhat, he reads Tess's angry letter.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Pride (03:10)

Clare receives a letter from Izzy Huett and another milkmaid warning him about the danger Tess is in. Cuthbert Clare asks Angel whether he is upset about Cuthbert's marriage to Mercy Chant. Clare rides off to find Tess.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Dying Wish (03:08)

Groby explains to Clare that Tess disappeared before the end of her contract. At Tess's old family home, Clare receives little information about the whereabouts of the Durbeyfeilds. He visits Sorrow's grave, and finds the grave of Tess's father.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Reasons to Hate (02:38)

In Trantridge, Clare finds Liza-Lu Durbeyfield and her mother, Joan. Clare asks for Tess. Joan tells Clare she does not know where to find Tess.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Already Dead (04:32)

Liza-Lu runs after Clare to tell him Tess is in Sandbourne. Clare finds Tess in a guest house, going by the name of Mrs. D'Urberville. She tells Clare that Alec D'Urberville won her back and he must never look for her again.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: A Victim (02:29)

Tess lingers outside Alec's bedchamber and then engages in an explosive argument with him. The lady of the house overhears Tess's shrieking and the physical fight that follows. Tess storms out of the house.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Murder (01:56)

After Tess's hasty departure, blood begins dripping from the ceiling. The lady of the house discovers Alec D'Urberville, dead. Tess runs through the streets and confesses her crime to Clare.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Frantic Flight (03:54)

Tess and Clare flee into the woods. Clare crafts a plan for them to escape. They break into a furnished mansion to spend an intimate night.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Fear of the Future (02:24)

Clare suggests they leave the mansion and head to Bristol; Tess wants to stay as long as possible. She believes she will be caught and put to death; Clare refutes the idea. A woman finds the couple locked in an embrace.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: March Through the Night (02:56)

Clare and Tess stumble across Stonehenge, where they stop to talk. Tess talks about the possibility of life after death and tells Clare to marry her sister once she is gone.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Arrested (03:02)

In the morning, officers arrive for Tess. Clare asks them to let her sleep. Tess kisses Clare goodbye.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Tess' Death (02:59)

Tess sits inside a cell, before she is lead to her death. She remembers first meeting Angel in the field on May Day. Clare mourns Tess's death beside Liza-Lu.

Credits: Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Episode 4 (00:32)

Credits: Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Episode 4

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Through a cruelly bitter winter, Tess continues to work on the farm. Alec, who seems to have replaced any religious fervour he once had with a passion for Tess alone, continues to plague her with his relentless attention. Tess’s younger sister Liza-Lu arrives at the farm to report that their father is dying. Tess and her sister hurry home. John Durbeyfield dies and is buried. The family are turned out of their house. They travel to the village once owned by the blighted d’Ubervilles with all the possessions they can carry. Tess writes an angry letter to Angel. She cannot forgive him now for ignoring her as he has. But for all we know, Angel is dead. Alec follows the Durbeyfields. Unable to find lodgings, they have encamped in the local churchyard. Alec finds Tess in the church, looking at the crypt of her ancestors, wishing she were dead like them. He tells her that he has offered the family support; he will give them a home. She now has no choice but to go with him and be his. In Mr Clare’s church, a ghostly frail young man turns up. It is Angel Clare… Angel’s parents show him letters. The first is the angry one. The next is one from Izzy at the farm, begging him to find Tess before it is too late. Angel sets out to find her, to save her. He goes to the farm. He visits her former home. Finally he arrives at the house still owned by Alec d’Urberville, where Alec is allowing the Durbeyfields to work and stay. But there is no sign of Alec, or Tess. Liza-Lu lets Angel know that Tess is in Sandbourne, a seaside town. There he sees her at last, in a boarding house. She is still staggeringly beautiful, but a changed woman, in rich clothes. She says that Alec has won her back. He leaves in a daze. Wildly distraught now, Tess stabs Alec with a bread knife and kills him. She runs in search of Angel and finds him at the station, where she confesses to what she has done. Knowing that they will now be pursued, they escape across the countryside. For a short happy time in an empty lodging house, they enjoy what could have been, reminiscing and making love. But they are discovered and have to keep running. Their journey finishes at Stonehenge. Somehow Tess knows it is all over. She has one last instruction for Angel: he must marry her sister, Liza-Lu. They sleep overnight, and at dawn the police arrive. Tess goes willingly, knowing she has known happiness. As Tess faces execution, she remembers the May Dance and how it might have been so different – she and Angel dancing and falling in love there and then. From a distance Angel and Liza-Lu watch the black flag flying over the prison, a sign that Tess has been hanged for murder.

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL128975

ISBN: 978-1-64023-199-3

Copyright date: ©2008

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