26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Thank you BBC - A brilliant series,
This review is from: The White Queen [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
First off... I don't usually watch historical dramas, but one day the TV was so rubbish that I brought up BBC iPlayer and the first thing I came across was episode one of a new drama series called The White Queen. I watched that first episode and that was it, I was hooked. I have watched every episode since and we are nearly at the end (one more to go). It has been unmissable, so poignant and so sad. It's not 100% accurate but it's damn close and if you want greater accuracy then go and get a history textbook out of the library. Anyway who can say that it didn't happen exactly like the series?
I have never understood the War of the Roses before, even though I live in Yorkshire, but this series has opened it all up for me. I can't pass through the village of Towton without looking across the fields and thinking what happened there 500 years ago. If you do some research you'll find that most of the drama is historically accurate and gives an insight into what was happening in the 1400's. I suppose the infighting, lying and betrayal still goes on today in politics etc. But these people were the experts, it wasn't just your reputation on the line but your head as well.
One thing I particularly like about the series is that many of the actors look something like the known portraits of the people they are portraying. It lends more realism to the story. Some people have complained about the standard of acting but in such a huge production you are bound to get highs and lows. At first I couldn't get on with the way Stanley was being acted but I now think it is really well done, so devious, so understated.
The last episode I watched was the penultimate one, episode 9 and I must admit that I found it hard to follow. Things didn't go as quickly as I thought they would as a potential Lambert Simnel appeared (series 2?)and it looked like the directors were saving everything up for the grand finale. But who can blame them, you can't get a bigger finale than Bosworth Field or will we follow the White Queen into obscurity?
I am putting my name down for the Blu Ray pre order. But I may never watch it because it is so true to life, sad, and poignant. It brings history to life in a way I have never seen before. Well done BBC.