2 April 2009 | ma-cortes
Historical drama with great set design and brilliant production/direction
This outstanding series composed by 38 episodes results to be a magnificent costumer , set in Henry VIII's (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) epoch . The first season deals about his relationship to Cardinal Wolsey (Sam Neill) and spouse Catherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy) when was born a daughter named Mary Tudor (Sarah Bolger) . The conflict origin takes place when Catherine of Aragon was previously married to Arthur , Henry VIII's older brother . Thomas Wolsey (Sam Neill) , Archbishop of York , was the most influential member of Henry's Council . Wolsey failed to obtain the Pope's permission (Peter O'Toole) for Henry's marriage and his fall from power -facing other favorites as Charles Brandon (Henry Cavill) and Norfork (Henry Zcerny)- was swift and all his possessions including the Palace of Hampton Court were forfeited to the Crown . The second season specially concerns when Henry breaks with Catholic Church and secretly married Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dornier) and creating Anglican religion . Anulled his marriage to Catherine (1533) , on the basis that she had been previously married to his brother , Pope refused sanction Henry's marriage to Anne and excommunicated the king (1534) . Then there appears Sir Thomas Moro (Jeremy Northam) a man of the Renaissance ,lawyer , statesman , philosopher , writer (Utopia) and devote Catholic . When Henry proclaimed himself his divorce as Head of the Church , it was inevitable that the two men would clash . Those who stood in Henry's way , even those he claimed to love , invariably ended up on the scaffold , many of his underlings were led from their cells in the Tower of London and beheaded . These , at new times his favorites were Thomas Cromwell (James Frain) and Thomas Crammer (Hans Matheson) . But the marriage to Anna did not last long and she was accused of adultery with his brother and four Communers . Later Henry married Jane Seymour (Anita Briem) who died twelve days after giving birth to a son , later Edward VI .
This is an exciting TV drama full of historical events , emotions , political ambitions and sexual relations . Henry VIII is well played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers who takes a contemporary approach as a young man athletic , astute , philander , handsome but also cruel . Packs excellent performances by a large cast with a magnificent plethora of secondaries . Colorful , luxurious scenarios designed by Tom Conroy , fitting rightly to Renaissance time . Evocative and imaginative musical score by Trevor Morris . Glamorous and glimmer cinematography by Ousama Rawi . Series are lavishly produced by Michael Hirst, who also produced Cate Blanchet's Elizabeth I and II . ¨The Tudors¨ is stunningly and convincingly directed by various television directors as John Amiel , Brian Kirk , Steve Shill , among others .