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January 01, 2009

Watch a Masterpiece Janurary 4th!

I hope you had a wonderful New Years Eve, and a nice New Years Day too. If your night looked something like this image, I imagine you had a rather short day today- because you woke up at 4 pm! Nothing wrong with that!

It will be a slow week/weekend, mainly coming to terms with the fact that it is 2009. If you have no plans for this Sunday evening, and you have a new set of pajamas you need to break in and maybe a gift basket of popcorn and snacks from an aunt or cousin, then I suggest you spend Sunday curled up watching the season premier of PBS Masterpiece Classic! This is my Sunday evening routine, a great chance to fall into a movie, another world. Last season I made Mr. I-only-watch-football sit through a 3 part showing of Pride and Prejudice . To my surprise and delight, by part 3 he was exclaiming, "Lizzy why don't you go back to DARCY!" Success! I have even greater hopes for the 2009 season of fabulous flicks!

This season kicks off with a 2-part film adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles. The story, about the devoted and beautiful Tess Durbeyfeild, is one that stays with you always. Tess will stay with you! You can relate to her on many levels; considering the world she grew up in and the circumstances she finds herself in you will be moved by her spirit and dedication to the people she loves. It is book that is not read often enough!

Filmed in 2008 the movie stars Hans Matheson, Eddie Redmayne and for the boys, the lovely Gemma Arterton. If you read the book, by Thomas Hardy, then you will be excited to see the accuracy and excellent portrayals of the main characters - beautiful and spirited Tess Durbeyfield, the wonderful Angel Clare, and the alluring Alec d'Urberville. You will no doubt find yourself lost in Tess' world, as events spiral changes in her life and her path becomes challenging. Her compassion is captivating, Gemma does a great job with the part, making it easy for us to understand just what Tess is thinking. And you will certainly fall in love with the characters, her friends, family and men!

Fabulous Give-Away!!

Enter to win a copy of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, (this book is amazing, Hardy writes in a a way that is lovely and poetic, yet clear enough to easily transport you to the sun soaked fields that Tess knew so well) and a copy of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights .
Just enter your name and email address here, and you have 10 chances to win!!! You must let me know if you win a copy! Good Luck!


  1. Thanks for letting us know about this-I actually just watched Tess of the D'Urvervilles with Justine Waddell and loved it. I found out about this one and wanted to see it to compare, but couldn't find it anywhere! I'm so excited it's playing on Masterpiece-thanks so much for the info! :)

  2. Oh my goodness! I am so excited, after you guys watch it can we please have a group discussion? I love the story! and the movie and the book....sigh!

    I have to see the Justine Waddell version, I am sure it is wonderful! I hope I wont be biased now that I have seen the 2008 flick!

  3. Thanks for the info.

    I love PBS Masterpiece Theater!

    Happy New Year!!

  4. Thanks for sharing this. I will be sure to tune in! Happy New Year!

  5. oh thanks so much for letting us know about the Masterpiece "info"! i can hardly wait!
    i also hope that you had a great new years celebration. it's been pretty crazy around here so i'm slacking a bit on my "reading and writing" :)