In the UK: Sundays, 9pm, BBC1
Good old BBC. Always going off and finding some classic to lavishly adapt for a Sunday evening's viewing. Here we have Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy's slightly weird but eternally relevant look at the double standards relating to sexuality that British society has had almost since the dawn of time.
Now the Beeb normally goes in one of two ways with its period stuff. Either it goes all silly, gets an all-star cast and turns everything into an unrelenting series of cameos and over-the-top performances. Or it puts on its serious hat and decides to go full tilt for 'quality mode', hoping that it'll get a backpack full of BAFTAs to take home from the next awards ceremony.
Fortunately, the Beeb has gone for option two with Tess, producing something that's not 100% true to the book and that's got more than a few idiosyncrasies of its own, but which is ultimately worth watching - so far, anyway.