Episodes (4)

Episode #1.1
S01E01 · Episode #1.1

Sep 14, 2008

Parson Tringham tells no one that John Durbeyfield's family is an impoverished branch of the noble, once mighty D'Urbervilles. However 'celebrating' in the pub, bad heart and bad luck end up completely ruining the family finances. His wife finally convinces daughter Tess to swallow her pride and seek help from the D'Urbervilles on a nearby estate. The heir, Alec D'Urberville, takes to her, arranges a job on the family's poultry farm and becomes her family's benefactor. Lost in the forest after a dance, he takes advantage of her. To save her honor and independence, she...

Episode #1.2
S01E02 · Episode #1.2

Sep 21, 2008

After Tess is refused a graveyard burial for her child, she leaves home and becomes a milkmaid. The surprising perk of the job is the presence of Angel Clare, son of a parson. He is learning the farm trade there, planning to emigrate, his parents are planning to set him up overseas. The true gentleman is the dream of all the girls, but only has eyes for Tess. She is as smitten after accidentally seeing him sleeping in the buff. He braves his mother's objections to wanting to marry a girl beneath the family's station, unlike Mercy Chant. Tess, at first, dares not ...

Episode #1.3
S01E03 · Episode #1.3

Sep 28, 2008

After Tess is married to Angel Clare, he tells her a 48 hours affair he had once, and she him the dark secret from the unread letter. He can't accept it, but as it happened before their wedding the law doesn't accept it as ground for divorce. Angel sets off for Brazil alone. Mercy won't have a bar of him, Retti would follow him but by her own admission she can't love him as much as Tess, so he makes up his mind to go alone. Tess returns home, then seeks another farm maid employ, accepting the worst job at Groby's, under his cruel, jealous bailiff. On the road she ...

Episode #1.4
S01E04 · Episode #1.4

Oct 05, 2008

After Alec gives up preaching in order to court Tess and father Darbeyfield is killed by illness, she writes a vicious letter to Angel rejecting him as 'cruel', which he never receives, and starts wandering. By the time he's home and healed, it's hard to find her. When he does, she's 'Alec's creature'. She now commits an irreparable crime which ruins all their lives after a last passionate phase.


Tess of the D'Urbervilles Season 1 (2008) is released on Sep 14, 2008. Watch Tess of the D'Urbervilles online - the English Drama TV series from United Kingdom. Tess of the D'Urbervilles is directed by David Blair and created by Thomas Hardy with Gemma Arterton and Eddie Redmayne. Tess of the D'Urbervilles is available online on BritBox and BritBox Amazon Channel.

As know as:

Tess dei D'Urberville, 黛絲姑娘, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Tess of the D'Ubervilles(English), Tess of the D'Urbervilles(French)


United Kingdom, United States



Production Companies:

BBC Drama Productions, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), WGBH

Official Site:

BBC (United Kingdom)

Cast & Crew

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