Wessex Tales

A Tragedy of Two Ambitions

8/10 from 28 users - IMDb
49 min | Drama | English | 21 November 1973 (UK)

Season 1 | Episode 3

This is the first of Dennis Potter's adaptations from Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). It aired on WESSEX TALES, a BBC2 series devoted to Hardy dramatizations. Hardy was born in Dorsetshire, an area he called Wessex in his writings, including WESSEX POEMS (1898). As in the original short story, two brothers attained respectable positions, but then feel they must do something about their father's lowly status. Five years later, Potter did a BBC2 miniseries adaptation of Hardy's 1886 novel, THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE.

Michael Tuchner
Thomas Hardy (short story) Dennis Potter (adapted by)
John HurtDavid TroughtonPaul RogersLynne Frederick