DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

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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

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