I’ve now finished all four seasons and I’d like to revise that opinion upward – way upward. By the end of the piece, I came to feel that writer Michael Hirst had artfully used soap opera and sensationalism to draw the viewer into the world of the past. I found myself discussing the events of the age as if they were happening now, rooting for one set of torturing and burning religious “reformers” over another and even sympathizing at times with the tyrannical Henry and his borderline insane demands that reality be what he wanted it to be. Plus I found myself looking a lot of stuff up, which is always a good thing.
This actually turned out to be a top-notch show in an age of great TV shows. Not quite up to the all-time classic I, Claudius. But certainly well worth watching. And better than any movie I’ve seen in forever.