Top positive review
on 23 November 2012
Ok, so this takes some liberties with history (most pressingly in merging Margaret and Mary Tudor into a single character) but this is still surprisingly faithful to the spirit of the times, if not quite to the letter.
The acting is generally superb, and Rhys Meyers' Henry is nicely complex: charming, capricious, powerful and frightening. Sam Neill, too, deserves plaudits for bringing Wolsey to life. The sets are fantastic, and the accounts of the revels, the music, the costumes give the whole thing an air of authenticity.
I don't personally agree with the hostile depiction of Anne Boleyn here, but have to admit it makes for great TV.
I like that this takes the time to explore the polical and religious machinations of the period: by the end of this series we've seen Wolsey fall, but the King still doesn't have his divorce...