Mild violence and supernatural themes
|Directors:||Desmond Davis, Mike Newell, Michael Tuchner, Gavin Millar, Barry Davis, David Jones|
|Actors:||John Hurt, Billie Whitelaw, Jane Asher, Edward Petherbridge, Norman Rodway, Leslie Sands, Ben Kingsley, Kenneth Haigh, David Troughton, Claire Bloom, Ben Cross|
Disc 1 includes The Withered Arm, Fellow Tonwsmen and A Tragedy of Two Ambitions. In 1973, the BBC commissioned six writers, six directors and an exceptional cast of actors to undertake the Wessex Tales of Dorset author Thomas Hardy.These included writers such as Dennis Potter and William Trevor; directors like Mike Newell and actors like Billie Whitelaw, John Hurt, Claire Bloom and Ben Kingsley. These takes - of witchery, revenge, thwarted passion, costly ambition, burried desire, madness and betrayal- find their participants entrapped repeatedly by fate - always at liberty to make choices, but inevitably confronted by their destiny.