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The Woodlanders synopsis

Based on a novel by Thomas Hardy, this film tells the story of Grace Melbury (Emily Woof), a poor girl fresh out of finishing school who returns to live with her father (Tony Haygarth) in the small wooded village where she grew up. Reuniting with her childhood love, Giles (Rufus Sewell), their mutual attraction is rekindled, but Grace's father has arranged for her to marry the more distinguished Dr. Fitzpiers (Cal Macaninch). Initially happy, Grace finds her heart still belongs to Giles.

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