This was the first contact with Tess I ever had - or with anything Hardy related, and I think I must have only been about eight, but parts of this adaptaion have stayed with me. I have vivid recollections of Angel carrying her over the puddle (because at the time, and being so young and ignorant I thought it a very silly thing to do - no one carried me over puddles!) and I remember how sad I felt for Tess as she buried Sorrow, and I always remember the scene when she yells at Alec that he said Angel would never come back for her, and then seeing Tess walk out with the knife. Even at such a young age it must have had a lasting effect on me because now I love Hardy and his works, he has become one of my favourite all time authors. I would definalty recommend this adaptation, but more than that i would recommend the book - but be warned the story of Tess' life is not a happy one.