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HENRY VIII doesn’t seem to be as fat in The Tudors as I remember him from those paintings. Or as ginger. Which means you’re probably more inclined to watch this version than you were, say, any of the 50 others that’ve been made. Some of them you look up on IMDb, they don’t even show a picture of the dude playing Henry.
No such danger with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the role. Henry probably didn’t always weigh upwards of 200kg and have to be manoeuvred around the palace with a crane, but I don’t know that he ever looked like Jonathan Rhys Meyers. He’d have to be happy with that, Jonathan Rhys Meyers playing him in a TV show.
So are you watching this? This is the fourth episode tonight, but the whole series has been and gone on Foxtel/ Austar so you might’ve come across it before. He’s a good king to make a series about, because there’s a degree of knowledge about him already — the wives, the drama with the church — plus he doesn’t appear to have spent a tremendous amount of time opening fetes. He loved an invasion. Woman, country, not opposed to invading either.
Happy: Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Loved a pearl necklace, big ring, a shoe with a buckle. I would watch this show for the outfits alone. There are more costume changes in this episode than there were that time Beyonce did all those songs at the Oscars.
He’s still trying to get up into Anne Boleyn’s grill tonight. She’s playing a good game, but she’s clearly got no idea what she’s dealing with here. A complete lunatic who’s going to take her head off in five minutes, that’s right.
I don’t know that his sister’s all there either. Margaret. He’s sent her off to marry some old geezer who’s King of Portugal, which sounds sweet but, well, it’s more like that Hugh Hefner joke Ricky Gervais made at the Golden Globes. The Tudors ABC2, 9.30pm