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Well-acted, enjoyable piece of "history".
on 2 November 2016
Watched this when it first aired, and loved it! Although I must point out I was 14 and obsessed with history. A second watching ten years later wasn't quite as enthralling, but still very much watchable. Having had ten more years to delve into the factual history and knowing more about the Tudor era, the glaring (a harsh word to use, but accurate) historical errors do stick out (esp Elizabeth's meeting with Mary) and make you wonder why they'd change such things. Of course, it's for 'dramatic effect', but why do we need more of this? The true story is just as fascinating, no?
The acting, of course, is impeccable, but what more would you expect from Mirren and Irons?
Definitely worth watching if you're not well knowledged in the Tudor dynasty, and still very much watchable even if you are. Just look at it like you do when you see 'based upon...' in the opening credits of a film, grit your teeth and refrain from screaming 'THAT NEVER HAPPENED' at your spouse.