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Ben Shatliff1,001 posts since 30 Aug 2003
If you like me watched the two-part drama on ITV1 about Henry VIII, then you would agree with me that is was good Television at its best, well worth watching.

Ray Winstone played the part brilliantly and so did the other cast members.

It is a shame really that it was just a two-parter.

Maybe they could continue the story with Elizabeth's reign in a future drama.

I hope this programe wins awards, defnately good drama.

I just hope I don't lose my head for saying that.
Whataday9,428 posts since 13 Sep 2001
Benjamin F. Shatliff posted:
Maybe they could continue the story with Elizabeth's reign in a future drama.


Well, that's already been done before.

I don't see why this is award winning drama. IMO it's the perfect example of taking a pile of cash, some well known faces, throwing them together and hoping for the best. In that sense it's like Rosemary & Thyme.
Bail3,663 posts since 30 Mar 2001 Moderator
psnowdon posted:
Benjamin F. Shatliff posted:
I just hope I don't lose my head for saying that.


Why should you?


It was a joke, reference to to the saying "Off with their heads"


I did watch it, and thought it was very good, very watchable, not sure how accurate it was, but very good anyway.
Nick Harvey5,035 posts since 11 Nov 2001
I saw it was on, but DIDN'T watch it, purely because it was on ITV and I felt it was too heavy a subject to be burdened with commercial breaks.

Did anyone else feel that way, as in retrospect it's quite a comment on public service broadcasting?

Without reference to who's ACTUALLY putting something out, I tend to categorise things as "BBC programmes" or "commercial programmes". Do other people as well?
Square Eyes7,655 posts since 31 Mar 2001
Henry VIII was an outstanding lavish production. ITV are pushing the envelope with their dramas this year, and there has been something for everyone, New Frosts, Boudica, Henry VIII, Margery & Gladys, Trial & Retribution. You can see why they continue to dominate in this field.

Why shouldn't ITV make historical dramas ? Whilst many complain of soaps and dumbing down, it's nice to see that they are prepared to take risks and tackle other genres.
A former member
I have to admit, I watched both parts and really enjoyed it. Well made stuff.
BBC unTALENT658 posts since 6 Jan 2003
Benjamin F. Shatliff posted:
Thankyou Bail

It was a Joke

It was also one of the best dramas I have seen for a very long time.


oh yea, of course... sorry not with it this morning, thought I was really missing smthing...

it was a great production. 10/10.
A former member
Square Eyes posted:
Henry VIII was an outstanding lavish production. ITV are pushing the envelope with their dramas this year, and there has been something for everyone, New Frosts, Boudica, Henry VIII, Margery & Gladys, Trial & Retribution. You can see why they continue to dominate in this field.

Why shouldn't ITV make historical dramas ? Whilst many complain of soaps and dumbing down, it's nice to see that they are prepared to take risks and tackle other genres.


Just for a change, I must agree with Square Eyes... Rolling Eyes

Whilst I don't like the direction ITV have taken in most areas over the last 5-10 years, I have to concede that this programme was a thoroughly enjoyable piece of historical drama, with very high production standards. It did gloss over some of the details (and I think it would have been better served as a three- or even four-parter) but generally, well done ITV.

Did I just say that?? Laughing
A former member
Square Eyes posted:
Henry VIII was an outstanding lavish production. ITV are pushing the envelope with their dramas this year, and there has been something for everyone, New Frosts, Boudica, Henry VIII, Margery & Gladys, Trial & Retribution. You can see why they continue to dominate in this field.

Why shouldn't ITV make historical dramas ? Whilst many complain of soaps and dumbing down, it's nice to see that they are prepared to take risks and tackle other genres.


I agree with this, it was very good and I cannot see why it shouldn't be on ITV. Some maybe thought that it was a brave decision to cast him, but Ray Winstone always does a good job, IMO.

I do fear that A Touch of Frost is looking a bit jaded now, though I hope next Sunday proves me wrong.
A former member
Apparently, there was next to no historical fact in the drama. Of course, it was very entertaining Very Happy