Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Tudors: Epic storytelling

The hottest, raunchiest show on television right now is set hundreds of years ago in England. It’s based on a true story incorporating sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, along with wars, jousting, religion, politics and globalization. I’m talking about "The Tudors". Meet Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Moore; all brought to life brilliantly by a U.S./Canadian production. The mini series is airing on Showtime and I think has just been launched in the U.K. If you recall him from Bend it Like Beckham, Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as the young Henry VIII. We are talking sex symbol of 2007, and that’s not to mention the luscious Anne Boleyn who has just made her appearance. Even though many of you might know how this epic story ends, the secret of the show is all in the devious detail. Sam Neill is absolutely brilliant as Cardinal Wolsey, the scheming power behind the throne. The cinematography is sensational and the pace and drama gripping. I watched four episodes on DVD back to back and spent the rest of the night playing out Tudor war games (with Anne Boleyn thrown in to make things interesting).