The Tudors (S1 e1) – UK TV Research

The other weekend I started watching The Tudors (2007) on Netflix. The Tudors is a British TV drama running for 4 series (seasons), based on the in-depth life of young King Henry VIII. It is a gritty drama portraying the life of the King and other Tudors round him like his wives and right hand men.

I am very interested in historic genre films and TV Shows, Especially to do with kings and Queens.

The first episode, I felt, was truly gripping and a great starting point for the whole show. We are introduced, to us the beginning, but to the characters and the narrative’s world, the middle of an ongoing story. This meant that the audience were thrown right into the narrative and were spirited along as onlookers to a chain of events. The first of the unfolding events is the murder of a court man diplomat by french Soldiers in an Italian or French court. This then sets off a whole chain of balancing the King’s Humanist views and keeping peace as well as the King’s lust for power, glory and rule of France and war.

All the characters, the important characters, were introduced in amongst the quickly unfolding storyline. This meant the audience were thrown into the fast moving world and had to get used to it while being taken from here to there. This could get confusing at times but it took only a short time to get used to it. This suggests to the audience that the narrative will be quick and quickly going from one place to the next. It also shows the atmosphere and the speed of the world of the narrative and characters. It also got the audience accustomed to the characters and the type of characters there will be as well as the general locations.

The sets and locations were very accurate and realistic to the tudor period. This gave the period dram and overall narrative that authentic look and feel. We could see how close to truth this could be. It showed that the researchers in all depts had done very well and gone into the area and period with a fine tooth comb to make it so authentic. Also this is added on by the portrayal of Henry VIII. He is portrayed both in his good ways as well as his bad sides. Yet as the audience we are intrigued by him and feel a connection as we see both his good side and his flaws. As well as this, we know who are the potential good people and who are the potential bent or greedy and bad people. Yet alongside this we see the good and bad of each character so all you see are the potential in each way for each character. This is a good reflection of people in real life rather than the real hero and villain that you get in most films and etc.

Overall the first episode was a good intro to the series to come and shows high potential for the whole drama.


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