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Genre: Television - The Tudors / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Actors: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sam Neill, Natalie Dormer, Gabrielle Anwar ... / DVD released 2007-12-10 at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      08.03.2014 14:11

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      an enthralling and captivating story

      Of course all english people know the basic story of Henry the eighth and his six wives. We all learn at school the rhyme divorced beheaded died, divorced beheaded survived, and we remember Henry as a overweight larger than life figure.

      This series throws all those preconceptions out of the window. We see Henry as a attractive and sexual young man, trapped in a marriage to an older Spanish woman, his brother's widow, which was arranged for political purposes only. While he likes and respects his wife, he does no love her, and is haunted by misgivings that she has not been able to give him a son bacause he is being punished by God for marrying his brothers widow. He is surrounded by political schemers and manipulators giving him advise which suits only their own needs.

      Into this mix comes the beautiful, flirtacious minx Anne boleyn, who has been encouraged by her manipulative father to court Henry and is dazzled by the possibility that she could be the queen of England.

      It is obvious that she is using Henry, and will never be faithful to him, but he is the only one who can't see this.

      And from this premise begins the whole story that we know so well, or thought we did. England is catapulted into disfavour with Rome. The throne is in crisis, and the tortured and manipulated king begins his descent from one marriage failure to another.

      This series totally brings the story to life. We are transported back in time and made to really are about the outcomes of these characters.

      Well done to a brilliant cast, director and script.

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      01.05.2011 04:52
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      The best gift in a long time, serious viewers must consider watching The Tudors on DVD.

      As a novice historian and an avid fan of period dramas, The Tudors set a new standard of fine-tuned accuracy and artistic impression, drawing me in like a ravaging whirlpool with its lustful scenes, its grandeur and historical accuracy, this programme has captured me like no other and will no doubt capture the attention of others. This programme covers the entire social history of the reign of King Henry VIII, his six wives, his affairs, children, wars and personal life. It delves the viewer into a world of their own, almost back in time for that short period of viewing. The DVD's deliver all this content is spectacular clarity and ease. On many occasions I have selected 'play all' and left it running in the background just as a bit of an educational ambient sound. Being honest, the corsets, lustful scenes and fiery sexual story lines come across classy and as a real portrayal of those that lived at the time.
      Some may say that this, as a period drama is only for feminine characters, but I myself beg to differ. This has encapsulated audiences of men, drinking beer in my home. It has been shown when drinking a glass of wine with my girlfriend, this programme is suitable for many occasions.
      On a negative note, due to the bloodshed and accurate portrayal of historical events, the mental anguish of life in the period and complex story line, this programme really should not be viewed by those of a delicate state of mind. Its no horror, but it is a no holds barred accurate portrayal.
      Overall, the acting is fantastic, the content thrilling and the suitability spectrum ranging through both genders and many ages. This is by far, one of the best period series produced and should be watched by all those that hold an interest in either, history, romance, drama, or any other of the fantastic array of topics it covers.

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        02.01.2011 07:37
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        Exciting BBC Historical Drama

        I've always been interested in The Tudors since learning about them in school. I found the Tudors a very interesting topic to study about and one of the reigns that stood out the most was Henry VIII who ruled England for nearly thirty-eight years and during that time made a name for himself for having six wives, various mistresses and responsible for countless pregnancies which only 3 or 5 survived infancy. One day, he could be your friend and the next he would want your head off. He had a reputation for being a ruthless king, once full of passion and nowadays we acknowledge him nowadays as an obese pig who enjoyed cutting executions.

        There have been plenty of historical dramas and documentaries on Henry VIII and his six wives but what made this 2007 version stand out for me how it didn't just focus on the wives, but the wars and tension Henry's issues have caused to all those around him. A lot of the ones I've seen just mainly focused into the wifes in a lot of detail, participially Anne Boleyn.

        This is the first of four series to The Tudors by Michael Hurt, who works in many historical dramas such as two films about Elizabeth I. The series is based very loosely on the Tudors during Henry's lifetime where his marriage to Catherine Of Aragon is reaching it's solemn hour to his marriage to Catherine Parr.

        My copy of Series one of The Tudors was one third of a 9 disc box-set of series 1-3. Inside the cover of series One is three discs, and a well designed leaflet with a short summary of each episode with writing credits to Michael Hurst and directing credits to Charles Mcdougall, Steve Hill, Brian Kirk, Alison MacLean and Ciaran Donnelly. The first series last for ten episodes, as do the rest of the seasons apart from season Three which only lasts for Eight. The series was aired on the BBC from April to June 2007.

        The film is rightly given the age rating certificate fifteen for it's spicy but tasteful sex scenes and strong nudity that can really stand out when watching the series. There are some special features involved such as interviews, audio commentary and subtitles but not as interesting as the actual main feature itself.

        To the many who know quite a bit about the Tudors we all know it's a tragedy waiting to happen. The episode titles themselves give huge spoilers of what's to come to those who haven't studied or remembered the The writers did a good job with Catherine Of Aragon played emotionally by Maria Doyle Kennedy. My favourite scene with her was the tension between her and one of the King's mistress' who gave birth to Henry's son which leads to Catherine going to the church and walk there on bare feet on a rainy day to beg God for a son. I found it really refreshing that it showed some scenes with Henry showing some affection with Catherine. Even though it was not passionate or as sexual as some of the others, I still appreciated it as I felt bad for Catherine when I learned it at school and I still feel bad for her now.

        It comes even more of a blow because we know things won't go well for Catherine as Henry moves his passion onto Anne Boleyn, the sister to one of his mistresses, Mary. In my opinion, Anne is portrayed quite cheeky and witty by Natalie Dormer.

        Young Henry is played by the very attractive Jonathan Rhys Meyers who portrays the desperate king who is in great pressure to produce a healthy son and heir to the throne. Catherine's many pregnancies have only left her with one daughter named Mary and she isn't enough for Henry. His passion flies from mistress to mistress but it's Anne he finally decides to stick to and he goes through changing the church just to divorce Catherine.

        I think young little Mary is very adorable and sweet, much more than I imagined after what I learned about her in school.

        Visually, it's also excellent. I love the costumes and settings. Overall it's a very powerful series, in both acting, emotion and design. Only downside is that is can quite historically accurate, which may annoy some who like their historical dramas accurate. Some of the romantic scenes might be too vibrant for some. I think I've got value for money in this, the boxset was twenty quid at Sainsbury's and is £18.06 on Amazon. For just the series on it's own it's currently £8.49.

        I would recommend this because it has a lot of elements that can appeal to a lot of people such as romance, action and drama that are possibly some of the most trendiest genres of TV.

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          26.11.2010 13:29
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          An unbelievable story thats actually true, drama, murder, betrayal, its got it all

          It's a fascinating story that's been covered countless times before, but this time it's being re-enacted by gorgeous actors and actresses. King Henry VIII and his six wives still make a compelling watch. Why watch a realistic ugly, overweight actor play the 16th Century King when we can watch the same storyline acted out by the slim and young 'Jonanthon Rhys Meyers'. If you have seen pictures of Henry's wives you will also notice that the actresses used for this are also considerably more beautiful.

          The Tudors is an Irish, British and Canadian production created by Michael Hirst. It follows the basic storyline from this part of British history, but there a number of differences between historical documents and this TV series. This does not however detract at all from the storyline. The first series see the king a young, playful king. Full of energy and ready to rule. The Tudors joins the king as he is happily married to Catherine of Aragon albeit not faithful to her. This series follows life at court at this time. It shows Henry meeting Anne Boleyn for the first time and follows their love affair before their marriage. It shows the fall of Catherine of Aragon and the trials from the king to divorce his first wife.

          Jonathon Rhys Meyers may not look like the real Henry Viii, but he captures the mood and changeable character of what you could easily imagine the real king to have had perfectly. The series is at times shocking when it displays the tortures used during this time, often for no reason at all. The King keeps strong control of his kingdom by any means necessary and his character becomes more ruthless as the series progresses. The real Anne Boleyn was believed to be a highly intelligent and devious woman, who was perhaps not an obvious beauty, but striking. This is exactly what you get from Natalie Dormer who plays her and it is easy to see why the king fell for her. The series shows the plotting and planning that happened around the king and how those around him manipulated him on a regular basis.

          This series may not follow the truth of history exactly, but the series is mostly based around the relationship between Henry and Anne and for this part, the series is mostly accurate.

          I personally love to watch a good romance and despite the fact that we all know the eventual end to this one, this is exactly what you get. You wont always like the King and you will not always like the future Queen, but you will feel for them both at points, during this series.

          Watch this show for its drama, its wonderful costumes, it's romance, death, love and betrayal and you will love every minute. Perhaps avoid if you are looking for an exact production of the truth.

          This is my show of the year and as soon as I had finished watching this series, I rushed out and brought the next two seasons. Excellent. I rate this 10 out of 10.

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            31.05.2010 02:12
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            Great story so far

            The first series of the Tudors follows the story of Henry the 8th up to the death of cardinal Woolsey. The story follows Henry as he battles with his decision of whether to divorce his first wife Catherine of Aragon, after not providing him with a male heir. We see him look through all the legalities and see him come up with schemes to try and get out of the marriage without annoying the people of England, Spain (ruled by Catherine's Nephew) and the Pope who won't allow the annulment.

            While all this is going on we get to see what life may have been like at court and the constant shifting of allegiance between France and Spain. Also a plague called the sweating sickness.

            The series is well cast with Sam Neil stealing the show as the Cardinal Woolsey. The writing is strong but a bit slow at times. Although this show is full of historical inaccuracies the story's kind of true and slightly educational so it's worth a watch for history enthusiasts.

            The series is on 3 discs but be warned once you start watching this series you're going to want to watch all the other series as well so get the cash at the ready.

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            19.09.2009 00:47
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            Bings the Tudors to life!

            I love all things Tudor and this series did not disappoint in any way shape or form.

            The Tudors 2007 starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam, Henry Cavill, Henry Czerny, Natalie Dormer, Nick Dunning, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Callum Blue and Joe Van Moyland.

            Total playing time of the series: 8hours 36mins over 10 episodes.

            This series starts from near the end of Henry's marriage, with his affairs with Bessie Blount and Mary Boleyn. It progresses through to his seduction of Anne Boleyn and commencement of breaking with Rome.

            To be honest this series is not historically accurate. There are many errors and ommissions that clued up historians have issues with including:

            The character of Princess Margaret is actually an amalgamation of both Mary and Margaret. So the her story isn't strictly true. Cardinal Wolsey didn't actually commit suicide and Mary Boleyn actually had two children by Henry. (There are more but don't want to be too listy)

            Despite the inaccuracies it is one of the best historical series I have ever seen, it is a brilliant way of making history accesible and interesting.

            It is rated as 15 which is appropriate as there is a considerable amount of nudity, sex and violence. It is actually quite smutty but the actors are attractive so it is very enjoyable. (Henry VIII isn't fat yet either!).

            The costumes on the whole are stunning, very beautifully made however many of Anne's costumes in particular are a little off in terms of accuracy. They are a little modern and jazzed up compared ot what they would have been but none the less are very elegant and well made.

            The acting and scripting is superb and it is a very enjoyable series that I would recommend to anyone.

            You can buy this series for less than £10 now. Series 2 is also out on DVD and series 3 is currently airing on TV.

            Henry VIII is very compelling, he catures the arrogance and power that the real Henry is thought to have had. Anne Boleyn is cast very well, she is striking in looks but not typically beautiful (which is as she was supposed to have been) and I particularly the Catherine of Aragon's accent.

            All round excellent show, it is an American series but I would place it on a par with BBC adaptations and period dramas which I hold in very high esteem.

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            10.08.2009 16:46
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            Best historical drama ive seen

            I bought the first series of the Tudors with my Amazon vouchers as I watched it while it was on TV but I know I missed episodes here and there, even the first one. I am a massive fan of historical books, films and TV dramas so it was only natural that I finally got around to buying this one.

            The Tudors is set around the time when King Henry VIII is married to Katherine of Aragon, his first wife and the one he was married to for the longest. While Katherine has given the King a daughter, it seems she is unable to bear a son and heir for him and because of this, Henry sleeps around with who ever he wants, not thinking about the consequences. The first series follows the destruction of his first marriage and how he comes to meet the Boleyn sisters.

            At the same time, England is going through political troubles, especially with France. He is tested by conflicts with other countries and also by the people in his court which isn't eased any by his failure to produce an heir.

            Cast
            Henry VIII - Jonathan Rhys Meyers
            Charles Brandon - Henry Cavill
            Thomas Howard - Henry Czerny
            Thomas Wolsey - Sam Neill
            Katherine of Aragon - Maria Doyle Kennedy
            Anne Boleyn - Natalie Dormer

            The Tudors is one of the best historical dramas I have ever watched, even though there are a lot of differences from actual events. Jonathon Rhys Meyers was remarkable as King Henry VIII. I can't imagine anyone else being so perfect for the role and I really hope he continues the role for as long as the series does. It would be a real shame to lose someone so talented as the lead role. Meyers has a fantastic way of showing different emotions. In the very first episode, we see him with his mistress, Bessie, and he looks truly happy but then for a lot of the time, he is angry and miserable. He has an amazing range as an actor and was utterly believable as such a powerful King.

            Even though Anne Boleyn's character is supposed to be hated, I loved her. She was manipulative and sneaky but that was what made her so good. Natalie Dormer was very interesting to watch and brought such life to Anne Boleyn and really did the role justice. I would have hated to have seen such a memorable character to have been brought down by mediocre acting.

            Series 1 is rated 15 as there is a lot of sex, nudity and violence but don't let this put you off. I don't think it takes anything away from the story, if anything it adds to the feel of what life was like in those times. Although there are quite a lot of sex scenes, I don't think they were over done.

            The writer had no shame in admitting that there are a lot of factual differences in the series. The events which we see are shown like they happen over a small space of time but actually some of them went on for years. Much like the film Troy, the series would have been far too long if they spaced everything out more. If you are picky about facts in historical dramas then I would suggest you stay away from this one because you will probably find yourself picking at every episode.

            I bought series 1 for £7.98 which was an absolute bargain. I can't wait to get the second series and third when it comes out (It has been shown not long ago on the BBC). Series 1 was amazing and I can't wait to watch the rest of King Henry VIII's story.

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              31.07.2009 16:33

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              Explores the divorce of his first wife, Katherine of Aragon

              The Tudors is a series which tells the tale of how Henry VIII began to began his spiral of getting through six wives.

              The Plot:
              The first season sees Henry slowly becoming desperate for a male heir. His wife, Katherine of Aragon, has only given him a daughter Mary. Henry takes a new mistress, Anne Boleyn, and she quickly realises that to retain his affections and gain a position of standing, she must become more to him than the other mistresses before her. She cleverly uses the promise of giving him a son to get her way.
              So Henry attempts to beseech the Church and the Pope to grant him a divorce. However, in order to do this he falsely claims that his marriage to Katherine was never legitimate at all. This falsehood comes under great suspicion and the King is surprised that it is not as easy as he supposed to have his way.
              At the same time we see the rise of Lutheranism in England and the beginning of the Church of England.

              The Acting:
              The part of Henry is played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, an actor I previously only knew from 'Bend It Like Beckham'. However, he plays the role of royalty remarkably well, with an air of arrogance and ferocity while still portraying the petulant and changeable nature of a young frivoulous king.
              Maria Doyle Kennedy plays Henry's first wife, Queen Katherine of Aragon. She is remarkable as the jilted wife who refuses to let her role of wife and gaurdian to the people be pushed aside. I would say that she is the strongest character and perhaps one of the strongest actors in this series.


              In conclusion:
              This is a rather raunchy and shocking portrayal of the tudor legacy. IT has no doubt been spiced up to fit with the requirements of today's viewers yet it does not seem overdone, that is to say, it does not have sex scenes in it just to boost ratings. For in this case the love life of such a noteable monarch has and always will be of incredible note and supposition.

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              28.07.2009 19:13
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              A sexy historical drama

              In 2007 the BBC showed the first season of The Tudors which was a collaboration between Irish, British, and Canadian production companies, a fact which may be guessed at when viewing the cast lists but I am getting ahead of myself. Unsuprisingly this is a TV series focussing on the Tudors, specifically Henry VIII.

              I totally missed the series on TV but when browsing the shelves of a DVD retailer looking for a DVD to fill a dull weekend I spotted the first season on DVD for a reasonable price and decided that as I generally enjoyed BBC costume dramas and enjoyed Tudor history I'd give it a go. It didn't harm that on the back of the DVD it had a review from the Daily Mail Online stating it was "Sexier than Rome, more sinister than The Sopranos".

              This first season covers the ascendancy of Anne Boleyn. It starts just as Katherine of Aragon has suffered another miscarriage and Henry realises he no longer wants her. It the follows the traditional path of Henry's attempts to divorce Katherine, his various affairs including the birth of his illegitimate son, and his increasing infatuation with the artful, unattainable Anne Boleyn. Intertwined with this main story is the relationship between Henry's sister and Charles Brandon, the life of Anne's brother George, and, for some reason that I haven't worked out, quite a focus on a musician called Thomas Tallis. There are ten episodes lasting 55 mins each.

              The Tudor world which is depicted is sexy and sumptuous. Everyone is beautiful and dripping in satin, velvet and leather and one or two seemingly out of place hats. This is very definitely a historic soap opera rather than a strict costume drama but the luxury and the beautiful people do make it all the more watchable.

              One significant point to note is that this is not a totally historically accurate story, for the sake of keeping the story moving and not overcomplicating certain events occur in the wrong order, certain characters disappear or become amalgamations of several characters and historical rumour becomes fact. The ages of the actors in no way relate to the ages of the people they are portraying and events happen much quicker than they did in reality. And don't even bother trying to work out what is going on with the Popes! Now if you like your historical dramas strictly accurate then this is a big drawback, however if you are willing to enjoy this purely as a drama with a historical setting then this won't be a problem. I do enjoy learning about history and was a bit dubious about the inaccuracies at first but I quickly came to enjoy this as a pure drama and pretty much forgot the inaccuracies.

              The cast is a mix of well known actors and less well known ones (at least to me) with a strong Irish influence. Jonathon Rhys Meyers, of Bend It Like Beckham and Hugo Boss ads fame, makes a very sexy (though somewhat unbelievable) Henry with Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn and Maria Doyle Kennedy as Katherine of Aragon. Other famous names include Sam Neill (Wolsey), Jeremy Northam (More), and Peter O'Toole (a Pope). The acting is consistently good but some of the actors do not fit well with the historical picture of the characters - again another example of the writer/producer attempting to create a historical soap.

              The DVD box set features commentaries on certain episodes and cast and crew interviews but as i haven't watched them I can't comment.

              This is definitely not Sunday afternoon viewing with your nan (unless you have a very relaxed and open minded nan) as there are several sex scenes dotted throughout the season thus earning this box set its 15 rating. I believe it istrying to open the world of historical dramas to a younger audience - and judging by the fact my 18 year old sister enjoys this as much as me it has suceeded.

              This Tudor soap opera is definitely a guilty pleasure and some of the male actors definitely make captivating viewing. If you want a drama that will keep you watching and are not too fussed about the details then this is for you. I am wearing out both seasons on DVD in eager anticipation of season 3.

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                21.05.2009 15:27
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                I am not understating this is anyway when I tell you now that I absoloutly loved this series! Everything from the lovely frocks the ladies wore and the historical inacuracies (?) to all the characters, no matter if they were good or bad.

                This series goes through the stage of when Henry VIII is beginning to be tested by political differences in his court and from other countries as well. The failing of having a male heir with Katherine of Aragon is doing the Queen no favours and the King is not short on having affairs with the ladies around him. Fathering a son with Elizabeth Blount, otherwise known as Bessie, I think more or less determines Katherines' fate.

                Through the careful manipulation of Anne Boleyns Father we see her being introduced along with her sister Mary to the Kings bedside. Making him reject the Queen even more. Despite the affection towards her only shown in public it is pretty obvious to everyone that there is something going on between himself and Anne.

                It also delves into the story of Henry wanting to get a divorce from Katherine and the way he sets about doing it. We get to see how strong and powerful Henry really is from his actions, bu also his weak spots. When he gets led into the wrong directions and follows more or less into what was arranged by other people.

                I cannot think of any of the actors who I didn't enjoy watching. Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as Henry and lets face it, it wouldn't of been the same if they had made him be played by somebody who did actually look like the real king. Then you have Sam Neill as Wolsey and the fabulous Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn. Despite my initial dislike of her character I loved watching her on screen. Maria Doyle Kennedy as Katherine and then you have the ever lovely Jeremy Northam as Thomas More. A character who was one of my favourites!

                There are 10 episodes in series 1, all of which are written by Michael Hirst, more well known for his film Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

                If you are somebody who scoffs at historical dramas which change the facts about then maybe you should avoid this. Hirst has made no shame in admitting the fact that a lot of occurances aren't true but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. You have to know that, straight from the start otherwise it could annoy other people around you when you make little noises in frustration. I know it did when I sat and watched the first few episodes with my Dad.

                This is a good series and I am pleased to announce that the third series should be being shown soon on BBC 2. You can get this series for about £9 on amazon which is pretty good going really.

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                  13.01.2009 09:55
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                  Another great BBC drama.

                  This BBC series follows the exploits of Henry VIII, king of England. The series starts with Henry being married to his first wife and, as it develops, we so both the tensions between England and France, but mainly the series focuses on the relationships of the main characters - it should have been called the Naughty Tudors!

                  We see that Henry is not adverse to playing away from his wife, but we also see his dissapointment and finger pointing towards his wife because she has given him a daughter but no living son. We also see the plotting and social climbing aspirations of other families, particularly the Boelyns. Their daughter, Ann, puts herself in the way of the King and makes him infatuated, this provides the main pull of the story as Henry seeks to anull his marriage to be able to marry Ann.

                  This is a well written and gritty series, very enjoyable and a great watch. The writers have taken a bit of artistic licence, but it's a very intersting series which really wets your appetite for history - being able to see the selfish child that Henry VIII really was.

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                  27.11.2008 15:05
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                  A modern day Tudors which may defeat the object for some, but great entertainment for others

                  OK, now I'm usually really pedantic when it comes to any form of historical programme/film and I had heard before I started to watch The Tudors ( I began to watch from episode 3, but have since caught up with the DVD set ) that it's not very historically accurate and "ummed and aahed" for a few days whether to watch it or I may end up rolling my eyes at the lack of accurate portrayal of The Tudors. I'm glad I did watch, because quite frankly I don't care at the lack of accuracy !! It's a great piece of entertainment, so if you're after learning some history don't buy it because it's not for you. If you like Rome for example, that has plenty of entertaining value then there's a good chance of you liking this.
                  The only problem I found with it, is that Jonathan Rhys Meyers may cloud your judgement of Henry and I would forgive JRM for pretty much anything ( until the final episode of Series 2 that is !! ) so try and look past the sexiness and remember that this is an egotistical, power-mad King who will pretty much do anything to get what he wants. JRM has some great cast members acting alongside him too and Natalie Dormer in particular as the temptress Anne Boleyn and it's at the end of series 2 when Anne has been beheaded that you realise how much The Tudors will miss her.
                  Maria Doyle Kennedy plays a very believable, loyal Catherine of Aragon whilst Jeremy Northam plays an excellent Sir Thomas Moore. Other main characters include Nick Dunning as Thomas Boleyn, the father of Anne, Mary and George, Henry Cavill as Henry's bestfriend Charles Brandon and Padraic Delaney as George, brother of Anne.

                  The DVD boxset these days is relatively affordable, especially since Series 2 was released on DVD and is great value for money since you get over 500 minutes of pure entertainment for your money. If you scoff at historical inaccuracy I'd perhaps hire it first and you may surprise yourself, but if you don't like the thought of a racy and sexed up Tudors, then don't buy it, you won't like it.

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                    03.11.2008 23:39
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                    Five stars for this one definetely.

                    I think we paid a little under £20 for our DVD set of The Tudors but looking on Amazon it is now only £9.98. That's not because this isn't popular but because there is now series two available on DVD so by putting the price down I suppose they hope more people will buy both.

                    This DVD series is spread across 3 discs and runs for a total of over 500 minutes, that's an amazing eight and a half hours of Period Drama to enjoy! This series stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead role of Henry III, which this series is all about, and he's accompanied by Natalie Dormer as a cute and bewitching Ann Boleyn.

                    To start with we meet Henry's first wife Catherine and we see Henry as the doting Dad to daughter Mary prior to his affair with Ann Boleyn and his subsequent divorce and illegitimisation of Mary. There's nothing to really spoil the story because although this has been widely criticised as not being historically accurate, the core story is how most of us will know it from our history books. It's more the costumes and speeches that are entirely fictional but then this is a fictitious drama is it not?

                    I think the acting in this drama is truly superb and though I had never before noticed Jonathan Rhys Meyers I was really impressed with his performance throughout. My only small criticism of him has to be that there are times when I heard a distinct Irish accent coming through and sure enough I found out on the internet that he is from Ireland.

                    I love all the fancy costumes and the work that has gone into producing some gorgeous courtyard scenes as well as lavish banquets throughout. I also love the way that the writers have ventured a few outlandish guesses to fill in the gaps in history. Okay, it's not what really happened, but no-one knows word for word what really happened so I found it really fun and entertaining that this dramatic performance ventured to guess for me.

                    I thought this was a truly superb drama and having watched this DVD I then went onto watch every episode of series 2 on the television. I'll be hopefully receiving the DVD of that for Christmas!

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                      30.09.2008 13:11
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                      More up to date look at henry VIII and his wives

                      This sexy version of Henry VIII, is good to watch in parts. If you try to forget that it is mostly made for the american market and is abit too raunchy for my liking in bits. It is also plays abit fast and loose with the facts. But who cares, it is very entertaining. On the whole it is very easy viewing. I have always been interested in the tudors and Anne Boleyn. This series has actually made me not like her so much. I always had a more romantic view of their story when I was younger. But I do love costume and history programmes. The acting is very good as well and Rhys Meyers makes a very goodlooking Henry. All the other cast are excellent as well, sam neill and Natalie Dormer. I particually think that the one that plays henry's first wife is great. I would recommend this to watch. It is glossy and very well acted.

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                        23.06.2008 11:03
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                        Well worth watching if you can put aside your history book.

                        If you're looking for historical accuracy, turn away now. Characters have been condensed, events rearranged, the course of history re-written to suit the narrative.

                        But if what you're looking for is stunningly well-shot entertainment, then this is what you're after. The Tudors won best costume design, production design, and hair/make up at the IFTAs, along with picking up acting awards for a large part of the cast.

                        The series follows the early years of Henry VIII as he meets and falls in love with Anne Boleyn, the girl some say changed the course of history. He rebels against the church, seeking a way to marry his new love, against a backdrop of war, scandal, and shifting alliances.

                        Jonathan Rhys Meyers seems a strange casting choice for someone known for being old and fat, but he does an admirable turn as a young Henry, showing off the king's temper and appetite for women. Some people said the sex scenes were gratuitous, but that would rather be the point - they were toned down for a wider market in season two, but season one was bold, brazen, and fun.

                        The rest of the cast is equally strong - Maria Doyle Kennedy is stunning as Queen Katherine, absolutely believable as the dignified, put-aside wife. Jeremy Northam also deserves mentioning as Thomas More, who provides a quiet contrast to King Henry's outbursts. Natalie Dormer is a little wooden as Anne, but that's more by comparison to an overall excellent cast.

                        Filmed in Ireland and making excellent use of gorgeous scenery, the task of directing is split between nine different directors, but the series doesn't suffer for the change in guiding hand - if anything, this helps the pace remain tight over long passages of time.

                        Overall, an excellent bit of fun.

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