Stark adaptation of Thomas Hardy's tragic novel about a 19th-century stonemason whose aspirations are thwarted by unyielding social convention. When his marriage ends, the craftsman finds his dreams of self-improvement rekindled when he settles in a university town. He falls in love with his independent-minded cousin, but, failing to gain a place at university, finds his options diminishing to a point of remorseless despair.


  • 2007-08-21 23:20:00 - 2007-08-22 01:20:00 on BBC Two England, BBC Two Northern Ireland Analogue, BBC Two Northern Ireland, BBC Two Scotland,
  • 2007-08-22 00:00:00 - 2007-08-22 02:00:00 on BBC Two Wales Analogue, BBC Two Wales,


  • Director Michael Winterbottom
  • Actor Rachel Griffiths
  • Actor Kate Winslet
  • Actor Liam Cunningham
  • Actor Christopher Eccleston
  • Actor June Whitfield
  • Actor Ross Turnbull