This six-part British anthology offered new adaptations of the works of Thomas Hardy. The initial 75-minute telecast, on November 7, 1973, was Hardy's "The Withered Arm." Subsequent episodes included "Fellow Townsman," "A Tragedy of Two Ambitions," (with John Hurt), "An Imaginative Woman," "The Melancholy Hussar," and the series finale on December 12, 1973, "Barbara and the House of Grebe," starring Joanna McCallum and a pre-Gandhi Ben Kinglsey. Among the writers who adapted Wessex Tales for the small screen were David Mercer and Dennis Potter.
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