December 29, 2008

Tivo Alert! Masterpiece Classics

What's the best thing about ringing in 2009? Knowing that PBS Masterpiece Classics are imminent!

The fun (well, I'll use that term lightly given that it's Thomas Hardy first up) starts on Sunday, January 4th for Part 1 of Tess of the d'Urbervilles. I really loved the 1998 version starring Justine Waddell, so we'll see how this one measures up. Gemma Arterton and Eddie Redmayne star as Tess and Angel.

Check out a preview here.

January 18 kicks off Part 1 of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights! Woo-hoo! I don't think I've ever seen a decent adaptation of this novel. The actor playing Heathcliff might have been better cast in Tess: His name's Tom Hardy. Not too familiar with him, but based on this picture, I'm skeptical. Will reserve judgment and hope for the best. If this version fails, there's still a feature-film version supposedly in the works starring Abbie Cornish and Michael Fassbender.

I'm trying to finish Little Dorrit as we speak in order to be ready for the "Incomplete" Charles Dickens beginning in February!


  1. I'm trying to finish Little Dorrit too. The mini-series is gonna be the highlight of my spring.

  2. As I'm reading, I'm realizing that Matthew McFayden is the PERFECT Mr. Clennam. I loved the whole chapter about the Circumlocution Office. Some things never change.

  3. I'm working on The Old Curiosity Shop myself. If I finish in time (which I should given that it won't air on MT until May 3), then I may tackle Little Dorrit too.

    Given our schedule of late, I missed Tess and am hoping to watch it online starting tonight.