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Here's something you don't see every day on a commerical TV network: a high-class made-for-TV movie based on a 19th century English novel.

But that's what CBS is airing on Sunday at 8 p.m. (Ch. 5) - "The Return of the Native," based on Thomas Hardy's classic.It wouldn't surprise you to learn this is a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, would it?

Filmed on location in England, this is the lush tale of Eustacie Wye (Catharine Zeta Jones), the bewitching beauty; Clym Yeobright (Ray Steven-son), The prodigal son of the heath who comes under her spell; and Damon Wildeve (Clive Owen), who's trapped in a love-less marriage but haunted by Eustacia.

This is the sort of production you might expect to see on "Masterpiece Theatre" on PBS, not on CBS.

"The Return of the Native" is a definite departure - and a wel-come one - from the average network TV fare.

-Scott C. Pierce