BBC Historical drama set in the Wars of the Roses.
Okay this is a dramatisation of a fictional account of an historical figure - Elizabeth Woodville - and her marriage to Edward IV with all the associated political wrangling. I really like the way that the politics of the period have come across. All the plotting and schemeing is terrific and very well done.
As is the portrayal of most of the characters. Richard Neville (played by James Frain) and Margaret of Anjou (Veerle Baetens) in particular have been portrayed magnificently.
Unfortunately some of the other characters are less impressive. Richard Duke of Gloucester (later Richard III) is not a strong presence given that he was Edwards most loyal supporter. Neither am I impressed with Lady Margaret Beaufort who appears to be in a permanent state of tears and hand wringing.
But I would caution that any like minded nitpickers should not watch this show if they want to see historical accuracy in costume, location or timing.
I find myself irritated by the armourer of the show who seems to beleive that the Wars of the Roses took place in the 14th century not the 15th. Equally the location of the few (very few) battle scenes are odd - the battle of Barnet takes place in the middle of wood and Tewkesbury on a flat farmyard.
However, it is the lack of a decent budget that really shows the holes. Key characters, including the King, can gallop around the countryside alone (and I mean just him & no retinue) without fear or worry. No one seems to bother with servants to any great extent and the palaces are unadorned and a little dingy. also the transport system seems to be highly efficient with people zipping off all over the country in no time at all.
As an example Margaret Beaufort leaves her mortally wounded husband at his estate in Northampton for a quick visit to Tenby at the extreme tip of South west Wales, nearly 300 miles away, and still manages to get back in time for her to watch him die.
So overall I have mixed feelings about the show. I love the characters and politics but dislike some of the visualisations. I am left with the conclusion that this would have been much better done on radio where the lack of a budget would not have mattered.