Do you love history? Doesn't matter because this series rocks either way! Jonathon Rhys Meyers is fantastic as Henry VIII. The series starts as Henry becomes increasing frustrated with his lack of a male heir and is turning away from Katherine of Aragon and being seduced by Anne Bolyen. But it is more than Henry's liasons; it is the manipulation by Henry by others, his break from the Catholic Church and the formation of the Church of England. Obviously, there is some creative license used by the writers, but it is captivating and brilliant.
Jeremy Northam is Sir Thomas More, Sam Neill plays Cardinal Wolsey, and James Frain is amazing as Thomas Cromwell. Did I mention that Henry Cavill is incredibly sexy as Charles Brandon, the Duke of Suffolk.
I have seen up to Season 3 on DVD and am thinking of getting Showtime so I can watch Season 4. Even though I know a lot of what is going to happen, it is still riveting.
There are some complaints that Henry and Charles do not appear to be aging in the show; they would be much older in Season 3 than portrayed. However, this is fun television and I do not care. I don't want to see Meyers gain 60 lbs and lose his hair!
I think Season 4 is the final season, or at least the end of Henry VIII. I hope they continue with Mary and Elizabeth, though I have seen enough of Elizabeth I for awhile.
I highly recommend this unless you are a history purist. But if you like historical fiction, then I think you will love this series!
my rating 5/5