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This review is from: The Tudors: Complete Season 1 [DVD]  (DVD)
This is probably one of the best televsion productions to look at Henry VIII despite the numerous historical inaccuracies.
The most annoying inaccuracy is the merging of Margaret Tudor and Mary Tudor in one character but otherwise the attention to detail is awesome. Hirst successfully higlights the minutiae of Tudor life interspersed with the splendor of the court.
Hirst's characterisation and casting were his trump cards as the acting is first rate. Jonathan Rhys Meyer doesn't rival Henry VIII in stature or looks yet manages to convey the most convincing portrayal of the monarch ever seen. The cast is very strong: Wolsey (Sam Neill), More (Jeremy Northam), Cromwell (James Frain), Katherine of Aragon (Maria Donnelly) and Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) are all played superbly! Hirst triumphs in his characterisation of these key figures: they are not portrayed according to stereotpe or in a one dimensional manner. The portrayal of Cromwell, in particular, is a welcome one.
Even if you are not interested in British History or the Tudor period, give it a go anyway. It's a great bodice ripping romp with the added bonus of being well written, brilliantly acted, well shot with amazing attention to detail. This series is so gripping that, should you buy the series, you will wearout your DVD through overuse!
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Initial post: 28 Aug 2014, 17:33:09 BST
"The Tudors" may be fun to watch, but it's a bit much to claim this as "one of the best programmes to look at Henry VIII. I don't think the makers ever intended it to be anything other than a fantasy that is very (and I mean very) loosely based on what happened to British royalty in the 16th. century. As regards Henry VIII, about the only thing the character in this production and the "original" have in common is the name!
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