Sunday, January 4th brings a new literary adaptation to the season opener of Masterpiece Theater, with the debut of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. The show will air in two parts, this Sunday and next, and stars Gemma Arterton, last seen in Quantum of Solace, in the title role. If you miss Sunday night's airing, you'll be able to watch it online the following day and for a limited amount of time. You can also chat online with screenwriter David Nicholls on Barnes and Noble.com starting on January 5th. Here is the reading group guide and PBS is also promoting a Book & Film Club on their site, with lots of info and tips on how to start and maintain a club for reading, watching and discussing the classics. What a wonderful way to enjoy all their upcoming shows. Masterpiece's new host is the lovely Laura Linney and I can't wait to watch many great literary works with her intoductions in '09. Following Tess is Wuthering Heights on January 18th and later in the winter, a slate of Dickens adaptations! You can also enter to win a copy of Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Wuthering Heights on the PBS website now. Enjoy the trailer for Tess below.