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Bond girl Arterton to star in BBC’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles

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Gemma Arterton, the actress named as the latest Bond girl in the forthcoming 007 film Quantum of Solace, has landed the part of Tess in a BBC1 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

Arterton will appear alongside Hans Matheson, Eddie Redmayne and Jodie Whittaker in the drama, which has been penned by David Nicholls.

The cast will also feature Gavin and Stacey star and writer Ruth Jones as Tess’ mother, Joan, and Anna Massey as Mrs D’Urberville.

Executive producer Kate Harwood said Hardy was one of the most “neglected of our great literary authors” and added: “David Nicholls’ adaptation brings Hardy’s tragic heroine, Tess, to life with verve, passion and sensitivity.”

Filming begins later this month and the drama will be broadcast in the autumn of 2008.

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