Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1998 TV serial)

Tess of the D'Urbervilles is a three-hour television serial made by London Weekend Television, first broadcast in 1998, adapted for television by Ted Whitehead and directed by Ian Sharp and starring Justine Waddell, based on Thomas Hardy's book Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Written byTed Whitehead (adaptation)
Directed byIan Sharp
StarringJustine Waddell
Jason Flemyng
Oliver Milburn
John McEnery
Lesley Dunlop
Rosalind Knight
Anthony O'Donnell
Christine Moore
Bryan Pringle
Debbie Chazen
Composer(s)Alan Lisk
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes2
Executive producer(s)Sally Head
Delia Fine
Producer(s)Sarah Wilson
Running time175 minutes
Production company(s)A&E Productions
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkITV
Picture format4:3
Audio formatStereo
Original release8 March (1998-03-08) 
9 March 1998 (1998-03-09)


This serial of Tess of the D'Urbervilles was co-produced by London Weekend Television in partnership with the Arts and Entertainment Network of the US, which at the time was beginning to rival PBS in part-funding and broadcasting high quality British productions.[1]



  1. Paul J. Niemeyer, Seeing Hardy: Film and Television Adaptations of the Fiction of Thomas Hardy (2003), p. 208
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