The Tudors 4 Seasons 2008

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1. The Tudors - Episode 1 AGES_15_AND_OVER

Deadly plots abound as Henry moves to defy Pope Paul III in order to marry Anne Boleyn.

Starring:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Peter O'Toole
Runtime:
55 minutes

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The Tudors - Episode 1

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Genres Drama
Director Jeremy Podeswa
Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Peter O'Toole
Supporting actors Jeremy Northam, Natalie Dormer, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Season year 2008
Network Sony Pictures International
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Goodall on 22 Oct 2008
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Yes, there are some historical innacuracies but it makes little difference to the enjoyment of this hugely watchable and brilliantly done drama - due to all concerned, it's quality stuff.
The only thing that lets it down in my opinion, as a DVD, is the poor extra features offering. For some inexplicable reason these features start with several very short snippets starring 3 Americans, of all people, who waffle on offering empty opinions or stating the bleeding obvious whilst insisting on calling them 'the Too-derrrs' throughout! CUT!
Peter O'Toole's own contribution is fine but is marred rather by an extremely patronising American woman doing a voiceover....yee gads! Give those a miss but as for the series, I loved it and wait eagerly for the next instalment. And Henry not putting on enough weight? This is still early in his reign...we're only on wife number 2....and hey - were any of us actually there???
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful By RP on 7 Sep 2008
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I think a lot of people are missing the point when it comes to Micheal Hirst's take on Tudor England. Eyes have been rolling (as opposed to heads...), and it seems like everyone's set to condemn it purely because Jonathan Rhys Meyers didn't fatten up for the role, nor don a ginger beard and codpiece. Woe!

So there are some historical inaccuracies, and yes, there's a LOT of nudity - but no one's requesting the immediate burning of all the many biographies and history books concering the period, and asking the shelves to be replaced with DVDs of the sexed up version. This is a television programme! And I'm certain that this series has forced a fair few to get down to their library and look up what the tudors were really like.

Isn't anyone fed up of the cliche'd fat man with a fake orange beard, take on Henry VIII? This is a fresh new take on old school history for a new generation. Stunning sets, beautiful locations, a fairly 'educational' but entertaining script, great costumes and a young cast. Let's start seeing the tudors for what it is - enjoyable programming :)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By History_girl_88 on 14 Nov 2008
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As a history student in her final year at university, I can well understand why those who have a passion for history, and its accurate portrayal, may have problems with the liberties taken here. However, it's important to remember that Henry VIII was not always fat and old, especially during this period! In fact, in some of the very final scenes of the series, we can see how he will probably progress into being this more typical version, and I for one cannot wait to see if they can pull this transition off. The important thing to remember is that this is a tv show; not even a documentary, and therefore has not got an obligation to be 100 per cent factual all of the time, but to be entertaining for the audience. And anything that makes people who normally wouldn't be interested in history want to know more after they've finished viewing, has to have my vote.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frostycat on 13 Oct 2008
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The romp through the early 16th century continues with Anne Boleyn's roller coaster to the scaffold, and all the unfortunates who got caught up along the way. Not so many historical inaccuracies this time (although there are a few) and the beginning of Henry's descent into tyranny is expertly played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The new star of the show is James Frain as Thomas Cromwell - a real snake with his own agenda, ostensibly serving the king but pushing through his own personal reformation at the same time. You just know he's going to get caught out in the end, but that won't come in this series! The final episode moves slowly through Anne Boleyn's last hours and her agony as the execution has to be postponed. This IS true to history, and you can only imagine how it must have felt. The final moments on the scaffold are an agony of waiting - it seems to go on for ever. Just one thing - whatever happened to the Duke of Norfolk - a central character in the first series and Anne Boleyn's uncle and the highest peer in the land. He was hugely influential in her rise to power and yet in the second series he just disappeared!! But,of course, the men are still absolutely gorgeous, the costumes and the sets sumptuous and the action rivetting. It's brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. LA Durell on 7 Oct 2008
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Do people really know the Tudors. Yes this portrayal has it's inaccuracy's, but so do many films. Furthermore, most Historians of the period do not know exactly what happened either. That's what so fantastic about History, you have the facts but they are also open to interpretation. And that is what this series is all about, an interpretation of the truth. Someone else in the future will come up with something completely different that will wow or appal people.
As for the sex within the series I think that is the main thing that is portrayed accurately. Henry VIII is famed for his love of women and the fact that he had countless mistresses. Come on... the man was married six times for crying out loud so of course there is going to be sex!
I think this series is great and I can't wait to own it myself.

I cried my eyes out in the last episode, this is the first time I have seen properly the emotion and agonising that Anne went through while waiting to be executed. Usually it is head cut off move on to next wife. All I can say is well done for the whole series.

However... Henry has to start getting old and fat eventually? It will be interesting to see where they go with the series next.
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