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Under the Greenwood Tree (2005)

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 23 April 2006
In this lighthearted romance from Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy, the beautiful new village school teacher is pursued by three suitors: a working-class man, a landowner, and the vicar.

Director:

Nicholas Laughland (as Nick Laughland)

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (novel), Ashley Pharoah (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keeley Hawes ... Fancy Day
James Murray ... Dick Dewy
Terry Mortimer Terry Mortimer ... Robert Penny (as Terence Mortimer)
Richard Leaf ... Thomas Leaf
Tony Haygarth ... Reuben Dewy
Jane Wheldon Jane Wheldon ... Mary Dewy
Sian Brooke ... Susan Dewy
Ellie Thackeray Ellie Thackeray ... Bessy Dewy
Liam DeGruchy Liam DeGruchy ... Charley Dewy
John Axon John Axon ... Elias Spinks
Steve Pemberton ... Mr. Shinar
Ben Miles ... Parson Maybold
Alethea Steven Alethea Steven ... Anne Roebuck
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Geoffrey Day
Sean Arnold Sean Arnold ... Farmer
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Storyline

Young educated beauty Fancy Day comes to town to teach school and care for her ailing father. Soon gossip around town turns to who Miss Day will marry. The lead contender is wealthy Mr. Shinar. Fancy, however, has also caught the attention of poor Dick Dewy and Parson Maybold. Poor Fancy is also caught in the middle of a feud between the parson and the former church choir when the parson introduces a harmonium to provide the church music, effectively usurping the choir, and asks Fancy to play. Written by Kim

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

23 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Greenwood Tree See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Fancy Day is first introduced to the villagers and Parson Maybold, her hair style changes from a full ponytail to a half ponytail between shots. See more »

Quotes

Reuben Dewy: A shoe like that needs a fancy table to go under.
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Version of The Greenwood Tree (1929) See more »

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A delightful film, but...
23 December 2007 | by stephoniSee all my reviews

Overall I liked this film: it was visually beautiful and the story was enthralling. The one criticism I have, and it is a big one, is that Keeley Hawes is miscast as Fancy Day. She is too old and world-wise. I understand she was born in 1977, which would make her 29 when playing the part. Hardy describes Fancy as "a young girl","oscillating between courage and shyness". At times the lines around Hawes' eyes and mouth give away her age, but the main failure is that she comes across as a self-assured, mature woman rather than an uncertain girl beginning her adult life, dominated by her father and dismayed by the attentions of three suitors.


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