|Launch date||24 September 2005|
|End date||20 October 2007|
Tamara Drewe is a weekly comic strip serial by Posy Simmonds published in The Guardian's Review section. The strip is based upon a modern reworking of Thomas Hardy's nineteenth century novel Far from the Madding Crowd.
The story is set in Stonefield, a writer's retreat run by Beth and Nicholas Hardiman, where the novelist Nicholas Hardiman stays to find inspiration for his latest novel. Tamara Drewe, a young gossip columnist has returned to her family home nearby. Her sexy looks have every man in the vicinity fall for her good looks. When she has a relationship with rockstar Ben Sergeant she unknowingly infatuates two teenage girlfriends, Casey and Jody, who start to intermingle with her affairs.
The strip made its first appearance in The Guardian on 17 September 2005, in the first Berliner-sized Saturday edition.
The complete work was published as a single volume with hardcover (Jonathan Cape, November 2007, ISBN 0-224-07816-X) and softcover editions (Mariner Books, October 2008, ISBN 0-547-15412-7; Jonathan Cape, September 2009, ISBN 0-224-07817-8). It has also been translated into French (Editions Denoël, October 2008, ISBN 2-207-26043-7), German (Reprodukt, January 2010, ISBN 978-3-941099-31-9) and Swedish (Wibom books, October 2011, ISBN 978-91-978213-4-6).
The comic has been adapted into a feature film starring Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper and directed by Stephen Frears. Momentum Pictures released the film in the UK on 10 September 2010. The film premièred at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2010
- Grands Prix de la Critique > 2000-2009, ACBD
- Bamigboye, Baz (July 17, 2009). "Gemma Arterton is wanted by The Queen director to get crowd Madding in sexy new role". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers.
- Higgins, Charlotte (May 17, 2010). "Tamara Drewe comic strip charms Cannes in film form". The Guardian.
- Tamara Drewe at The Guardian website