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Three remarkable women
on 22 December 2015
This was something my wife watched; it was a “woman’s” TV series based on a “woman’s” novel, or rather, sequence of novel. However, as a consequence of watching/taking an interest in Shakespeare’s History Plays, I decided to watch “The White Queen” on YouTube. Unfortunately, just when I had got as far as episode 8 (of 10), it was “pulled” and I had to order the box-set from Amazon, at, I may add, a very reasonable price!
Actually, I have no regrets; the series grew on me as it progressed and my wife is in the process of watching it again!
It is a fascinating story, to be sure, and while I cannot vouch for its 100% historical veracity, there is no denying that the three women who take centre stage were very remarkable ladies indeed and their story will have you hooked.
She received a lot of critical praise, but personally, I find Rebecca Ferguson in the title role a little glacial; the other two leading ladies, Amanda Hale as Margaret Beaufort and Faye Marsay as Anne Neville, are, however, little short of breath-taking.
It is, all in all, a very classy production and some of our finest actors (Janet McTeer, James Frain, Rupert Graves, Michael Maloney and Juliet Aubrey among them) shine in supporting roles, as does Aneurin Barnard as a handsome, not especially evil or deformed Richard III, a million miles away from Shakespeare’s creation.
This is not just a worthy historical adaptation, nor is just a “woman’s” programme, as I initially thought. It might occasionally fall somewhere in between these two stools, but it is a fine piece of television in its own right.