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Tess Of The D'Urbervilles launches BBC's autumn drama

15 September 2008

Bristol graduate David Nicholls’ adaptation of Thomas Hardy's tragic novel, Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, launched the BBC’s autumn drama season. The first episode was shown on BBC1 on Sunday 14 September.

Bristol graduate David Nicholls’(BA 1988) adaptation of Thomas Hardy's tragic novel, Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, launched the BBC’s autumn drama season. The first episode was shown on BBC1 on Sunday 14 September.

David, who wrote the novel Starter for Ten and the hit TV series Cold Feet, said: ‘Tess Of The D'Urbervilles is a romantic epic, one of the great love stories but a cruel and violent saga too, and I hope we've faithfully captured that high emotion, the mix of light and shade that makes Hardy's novel so compelling and sublime.’

Executive Producer Kate Harwood said: ‘Hardy's novel explores love, betrayal and the emotional burden of secrets locked away at the heart of a passionate, loving relationship which, when unlocked, implode with heart-breaking consequences. David Nicholls' adaptation brings Hardy's tragic heroine, Tess, to life with verve, passion and sensitivity.’

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