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Farewell To The King,
This review is from: The Tudors - Season 4 [DVD]  (DVD)This was really well worth the wait (UK viewers had to wait almost a year after this had been screened in the US to see it).
The Tudors has been one of those rare shows that improved year on year and I'm sorry that it has come to an end. Even though you knew what was going to happen, it was so well dramatised that I was kept glued to the screen.
I thought Series 3 was fantastic and would be very hard to improve on but Series 4 really delivers the goods and wraps things up nicely.
The last episode was quite different to what had gone before and although it goes a bit 'Ashes To Ashes' it was still very enjoyable and doesn't detract from what has gone before. Having read the series episode synopsis before even seeing it I was a bit dubious about the "dream sequence" but it was brilliantly done and nice to see the ladies again.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been a compelling Henry VIII and he remains so until the end. I thought his deterioration in the last two episodes was very well done.
The cast has been consistently excellent throughout but Henry Cavill deserves a special mention. (I did think that Sarah Bolger was too nice to be Mary, even when she stated her intentions about what would happen should she ever become Queen).
My only disappontment was that Joss Stone was only in two episodes. She was a revelation and I loved her portrayal of Anne of Cleves.
Also, it was a shame that Eoin Murtagh didn't play Prince Edward in the last episode, for continuity if nothing else.
I can't end this review without mentioning the music, composed by Trevor Morris. It really made my enjoyment all the more complete. The shorter theme used in opening credits of series 3 & 4 is probably my favourite from any television show.
Yes it was over the top and not always factually correct but as another reviewer said, it's entertainment not a documentary (and as a result of watching this I bought books about the Six Wives and Elizabeth).
Thank You to all involved.