Wednesday, January 07, 2009

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.

14 comments:

willow said...

Yes! Please put the kettle on! I've only seen the Polanski verion, which I loved. This looks good, too.

Mmm said...

If it's a Pre-Raphaelite vision then it's got to be good,right? when i first saw the pictures on my blog follow list I thought it was you!

I have also only seen the version i think Willow saw too--from the 80's. when i first met my wife, she reminded me exactly of the actress - I can't recall who it was now. Anyway, beautifully done.

I can definitely put the kettle on for this one too!

Janeen said...

Can I join you for a cup too! I'll bring the treats! (Smile) Thanks for the blog mention by the way, that was very sweet.

Betsy said...

Me, too! I've never seen it!

Love the tea society happenings you've posted! What fun! :)

steviewren said...

I caught a little bit of this on PBS on Sunday night. I read the book for the first time this year. Ill used, tragic Tess indeed!

vicki archer said...

I have just watched the complete series - you will love it and now I want to re-watch the original Polanski film and read more Thomas Hardy, xv.

Liesel's House & Garden Party said...

I'm lucky enough to be able to watch the BBC and watched on their a few weeks ago. I haven't seen the previous versions, but I loved this one. Enjoy!

Rebecca said...

OOH...looks like we'll have more than a few kettles going for this one!

Willow, I haven't seen that version in ages but it was good from what I can recall.

Rebecca said...

MMM, That was the beatiful Nastassja Kinski as Tess. I dare say your wife must be lovely....and thank you for the mistaken identity! LOL!!

Rebecca said...

Absolutely Janeen and Betsy...The more the merrier! Thank goodness for PBS replay...

Rebecca said...

Welcome Vicki and Liesel! Thanks for stopping by!

I watched the first part last night and LOVED this version..Oh, what an emotional roller coaster that was! Then again, I tear up just talking about Lassie so I'm hopeless...I can't wait to watch part II this Sunday.

Rebecca said...

MMM...I meant beautiful...Why can't we have spell check for blogger comments?

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I saw part one last week. She does make a lovely Tess. I think you will enjoy it...if "enjoy" is the right word to use for such a tale as hers!

Mmm said...

Yes, Nastassia Kinsky. My wife looked jsut like her in that movie when i first met her.