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Devil's Whore 1 Season 2008

Season 1
4.1 out of 5 stars (114) IMDb 7.4/10

Created and written by Martine Brant and Bafta-winning playwright Peter Flannery, The Devil's Whore tells the epic story of the English Civil War through the eyes of Angelica Fanshawe, a spirited aristocratic woman who is drawn to the anti-monarchist cause at a time when England dared to execute its King and search for an alternative means of government.

Starring:
Ben Aldridge, Peter Capaldi

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1. The Devil's Whore - Episode 1

First in a four-part drama telling the story of the English Civil War through the eyes of a spirited aristocratic woman. Angelica is born in 1623, when England is divided both politically and religiously, a time when political disobedience turned to revolution and civil war, and English history changed forever.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2008 1 hour, 2 minutes
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2. The Devil's Whore - Episode 2

The people of the besieged city of Oxford, Angelica among them, are in a desperate situation. Devastated by the King's brutal betrayal, Angelica has been cast out of court, and finds herself destitute and starving. Meanwhile, divisions are beginning to split the Parliamentarians. Even Thomas Rainsborough and Oliver Cromwell are at odds on what to do with King Charles I.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2008 53 minutes
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3. The Devil's Whore - Episode 3

The country is in shock and divided as Oliver Cromwell puts the King on trial for treason and becomes the first head of the Republican Government.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2008 52 minutes
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4. The Devil's Whore - Episode 4

Sexby is arrested and exiled after he refuses to fight for Cromwell. Angelica is distraught, but agrees to honour Sexby's departing wish and settle her debt with her enemy Joliffe.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2008 51 minutes
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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Historical
Director Marc Munden
Starring Ben Aldridge, Peter Capaldi
Supporting actors Michael Fassbender, Tom Goodman-Hill, Maxine Peake, Andrea Riseborough, John Simm, Dominic West
Season year 2008
Network 4OD
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I first saw this series when it was first shown on Channel 4 and was overwhelmed by the production design. Although the story is a variation on "Forever Amber" and showcases plenty of bodice-ripping interludes, it is overshadowed by the quite magnificent scenery, restricted colour palettes and costume design, possibly the most authentically impressive of any I have seen in a television drama. The set pieces of Charles I's court, trial and execution are astounding and Peter Capaldi must have really immersed himself in research to have achieved the perfect mirror image of the monarch himself, somehow juxtaposing the regal arrogance of God's annointed with the trembling humanity of the condemned man and achieving what Bernini is said to have remarked upon receiving Van Dyke's portrait; "He hath the most unfortunate face I have ever looked upon".
There are weaknesses, of course. Historical facts have been twisted to accomodate the plotline and there is little evidence of Oliver Cromwell being the devout family man of his private life, as his own family are never seen. There is a confusion in direction, with Sexby changing sides in almost every episode but then this is essentially a story of love in war.
Story aside, this is an extrordinary visual event; put away the text books and enjoy the view. Fantastic.
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As with many 'period' dramas, The Devil's Whore is guilty of bending the truth somewhat. The best way to approach this sort of drama is to take it for what it is, a very entertaining series that, admittedly, would have probably been given 5 stars had it been longer, but the condensing of what was originally intended to be a ten episode drama into 4 episodes was the consequence of the BBC's decision to bump the drama to Channel 4.

Andrea Riseborough is a huge success as the intoxicatingly unconventional Van Dyck-esque Angelica Fanshawe, the central (fictional) character who unites the important people and events of the Civil War and Interregnum. But this political upheaval provides more or less the background to her life.

Starting out as a doll-like debutant courtier, she is troubled by having seen the Devil during certain instances in her life (a little bit of an unnecessary inclusion to an otherwise excellent story-line in my view).
Angelica is married with the encouragement of her guardian, King Charles, to her cousin and childhood friend, Harry Fanshawe. At this time,she comes into contact with hardened mercenery Edward Sexby, and is initially both repelled and intrigued by his thirst for battle and his drifting way of life. As the grimness of the Civil War unfolds, Angelica's boyish husband finds himself in deep water in command of Roylist troops. Demonstrating his military inexperience, he suffers an ebarassing defeat by Cromwell's troops, and King Charles is less than forgiving to the unfortunate pair.

Widowed and helpless, Angelica attracts unwanted advances from a chauvenistic merchant and accidentally gets embroiled in a murder scandal that won't seem to leave her alone.
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The perfect gift for history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

The Devil's Whore, introduces the fictional character Angelica Fanshawe and her life amidst the spiralling conflict of the English Civil War. This gritty,uncompromising, compelling, and at times claustrophobic production, transports the viewer convincingly to the 17th century, onto the battlefield and through the streets of London in the company of soldiers, radicals and royalists.

It is refreshing to see that the past has not been excessively glamorised for the high-gloss entertainment industry, with many of the scenes tackling the dirty, bloody horrors of warfare in a powerfully frank way. The interweaving of fact and fiction gives the drama an accessible human edge, whilst rooting it firmly in the tense reality of historical events. It is certainly easy to get swept up in the political treachery and fraught allegiances of the times.

There are some great performances from a strong cast including the brilliant John Simm as soldier Edward Sexby and Maxine Peake
as the resolute wife of Leveller John Lilburne. Dominic West breathes new life into the role of Oliver Cromwell; no small task considering the legacy of a man easily painted (warts and all) as infuriatingly puritanical and unflinchingly cruel. West plays the role in a bold and exciting way, being strangely enigmatic as well as intriguingly complicated.

Apart from the dubious CGI "devil", the visual impact of the series was impressive, as well as the credible depictions of some of the more brutal aspects of this period in history.
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A good series, just wish they had kept the original idea of 10 episodes rather than shortening it all into 4 and maybe cut back on the sex scenes. There's lots of flaws here as to the historical events and the CGI is a little too obvious, so if you're the kind of the person who likes realism and true to facts then this probably isn't for you. But for people generally interested in British history, definitely would recommend. Definitely left me feeling a little depressed but I still love it :)
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