DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
IDIDN’T think it was going to be long before Henry started playing chess again . . . That was a great idea of Anne’s, withholding sex before she got pregnant to Henry and married him and got herself that crown, but withholding sex afterwards? Bad idea.
But we’re talking about a woman who’s so stupid she’s gone and had a baby girl. April fool!
I never really cared for Catherine of Aragon, though, either. She’s laying it on with a trowel tonight, sitting wanly in front of the fire, draped in shawls, making grand statements to whoever’s listening: ‘‘ As long as I live, I will call myself the Queen of England!’’
I’ve worked with people like her. You probably have, too. They’re very funny about titles.
The Duke of Suffolk, Charles Brandon, drops in and gives her some further news about her, um, downsizing. A couple of key appointments tonight kind of move that along a bit.
She moans about not getting enough visitors, does the whole martyr bit. Really, she’s lucky she’s still got her head.
How great is it seeing Peter O’Toole on telly?
I love that episode of Family Guy where they’re all settling in to watch Lawrence of Arabia in its original ultra-cinema-
Playing chess: Henry