February 17

Royal programmes on TV

…”entertaining and fun”… 

The Queen in Monday night’s episode of “A Year With The Royal Family” (Nine, Monday, 18 February, 730pm) PM, “with her poise and sharp asides” proves “surprisingly entertaining and fun…” according to  the Sunday Telegraph TV Guide. 

This is the third in this series, narrated by Cate Blanchet.  

You could certainly say the glamorous new series, The Tudors, is entertaining.  It is on Foxtel on the Showtime Channel.  If you don’t have Foxtel, don’t worry, the first DVD has already been released in the US.

Irish actor Jonathon Rys Meyers’ “ lean, mean portrayal of Henry VIII” is , as the programme says, “ unfamiliar. Lady Antonia Fraser, author of “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” seems to approve, except for Meyers’ lack of red hair, although she agrees he is “terrific” in the part.

Sam Neill as Cardinal Wolsey is convincing, and Jeremy Northam looks as though he is going to be a masterful  Sir Thomas More. This American produced series  even has its own website.

There is even a table of inaccuracies between the series and known facts.

This production is a wonderful way to interest young people in our common history.




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