Tess of the D'Urbervilles on PBS
(Gemma Arterton as the new Tess)
(Justine Waddell in the A&E version)
Well, I regrettably missed the first episode of this new version of the Thomas Hardy classic( part two airs this Sunday, Jan. 11) but thankfully, Janeen reminded me that it is available to view online at PBS so that is certainly what I'll be doing this evening. The last version I saw of this tragic tale was the 1998 offering from A&E starring the beautiful and talented Justine Wadell as the tragic heroine. Her performance was wonderful and so very moving.
The new version stars a beautiful Gemma Arterton,a modern Pre-Raphaelite vision if I've ever seen one, as the ill-fated Tess. Mary Lou from the Tea Society( and my lovely Mother) highly recommends the PBS version as well so I have no doubt I will be enthralled.
So, tonight, I'm off to transport myself to Thomas Hardy's world thanks to the wonder of the Internet. Anyone care to join me? I'll put the kettle on.