I only began watching the DVD set of this series because I had a friend visiting who needed to use my DVD player. Because I am not a historical fiction buff and didn't even know there was an English Civil War, I wasn't expecting to find it in the slightest bit interesting. I was very wrong. The writing and the acting really made the characters come to life for me. I cared deeply what happened to them, and the entire series captivated me. I also think the movie is a wonderful period piece, depicting life during that era. It laid out the history of the war without spending undue time on actual battle scenes.
If I had to pick out just one actor to praise, it would be Tim Bentinck as Tom Lacey. His performance captured my heart, not to mention the fact that at that time he resembled a young Alan Rickman!
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