Tess of the D'urbervilles

Tess of the D'urbervilles

  • TV-PG
  • 2008
  • 1 Season
  • 7.7  (5,825)

Tess found through her eccentric father that the family lineage was from the D'urbervilles, of the old aristocracy. Finding out this information drove the Derbyfield family to send Tess to the D'urberville Mansion to offer her services, as she is a known relative. The first encounter Tess makes is with Alec, of the Stokes from his father's side. Alec's mother is the lady of the house and carries all authority with the goings on. Alec seems enamored with Tess and grows more determined to have her with each brush off she gives him. Things come to a head when Alec accosts Tess in a wooded field where no one could hear her screams and cries for help. Discomfited, Tess leaves the D'urbervilles and soon conceives a son. The family shame and embarrassment did not permit them to allow Tess to call a Parson to read last rights over the child who was deathly ill. The child was refused a Christian burial. The child was buried in a makeshift grave and named Sorrow.

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Seasons
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
October 12, 2008
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.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
October 5, 2008
A heartbroken Retty does not attend the wedding. As a small but joyful ceremony takes place, she tries to drown herself. Tess and Angel leave for their honeymoon, to be spent at an old mansion once owned by the ancient d'Urberville family.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
September 21, 2008
The baby is mortally ill. Because Tess's father refuses to let him be baptised in a church, she is forced to perform the ceremony herself, calling him 'Sorrow'. The baby dies. Tess pleads with Parson Tringham to allow the baby to be buried in the churchyard, but the parson says he cannot permit this, so Tess digs a small grave for Sorrow in a field next to the church, on unconsecrated ground.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
September 14, 2008
John Durbeyfield, a 'haggler' and a drunk, is weaving his way one afternoon towards the pub when he meets the village priest, Parson Tringham. The priest informs him that his family have distinguished ancestry. They are descended from the d'Urbervilles, a wealthy, though now extinct, clan.
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Tess found through her eccentric father that the family lineage was from the D'urbervilles, of the old aristocracy. Finding out this information drove the Derbyfield family to send Tess to the D'urberville Mansion to offer her services, as she is a known relative.

The first encounter Tess makes is with Alec, of the Stokes from his father's side. Alec's mother is the lady of the house and carries all authority with the goings on. Alec seems enamored with Tess and grows more determined to have her with each brush off she gives him.

Things come to a head when Alec accosts Tess in a wooded field where no one could hear her screams and cries for help. Discomfited, Tess leaves the D'urbervilles and soon conceives a son. The family shame and embarrassment did not permit them to allow Tess to call a Parson to read last rights over the child who was deathly ill. The child was refused a Christian burial. The child was buried in a makeshift grave and named Sorrow.Tess of the D'urbervilles is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (4 episodes). The series first aired on September 14, 2008.

Where to Watch Tess of the D'urbervilles

Tess of the D'urbervilles is available for streaming on the BBC America website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Tess of the D'urbervilles on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 14, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (5,825)