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The White Queen BBC series

I've just watched the final episode of The White Queen. I liked the series, though the BBC obviously didn't have enough funds to do the story justice. The battles were unrealistic with very small numbers and there were a few more inaccuracies than acceptable even in a tv series based on novels. Particularly showing Henry Tudor fighting at Bosworth when he stayed protected at the rear of the battle.  Many characters were not included, notably Richard's close friend Francis Lovell.  I think Aneurin Barnard was excellent as Richard III and the actresses who played the Neville sisters were the next best. It was unusual to see Anne Neville played as a strong ambitious woman rather than the mild and sickly one of history.  Rupert Graves was as usual very good in the role of Stanley, the traitor! I don't think rusty_armour would care much for his close-cut hair and his tatty beard!

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rusty_armour
Aug. 25th, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
I've read some reviews of Rupert Graves's performance on gravesdiggers, so I've seen some pictures of the very short haircut and infamous beard. Actually, I think the beard has proved surprisingly popular with fans. At least a few of them were saying Rupert Graves's beard should be nominated for a BAFTA. *g* I know people have been bitching about Lestrade's haircut for the third series of Sherlock because Rupert Graves's hair was still in White Queen mode when they were first filming. Last I heard, they were shooting the third episode, so I'm not sure if he had to keep his hair ultra short for continuity purposes.

Anywaaaaaaay, I've heard good and bad things about The White Queen, so I'll be very interested in seeing it when it airs on a channel I receive -- unless I search for it online. I haven't had much luck in that area lately. I thought I had a website for Broadchurch (as I missed the first two parts when they aired on Showcase), but I haven't had any luck with it.
karen9
Aug. 25th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
I've read the comments on gravesdiggers now. I agree with most of what is said. Rupert did relish the role. He had some of the best lines and I think the only humorous ones!

Try this link for Broadchurch: http://www.solarmovie.so/tv/broadchurch-2013/. Try the nowvideo.eu and putlocker.com hosts. I haven't watched it myself, It looks rather grim.

You can also use the www.solarmovie.so site for The White Queen.
rusty_armour
Aug. 26th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
It's great to hear that Rupert did have some of the best lines. :-)

Thanks for the Broadchurch link. Unfortunately, I'm running into the same problems. I'm either asked for credit card information or the video won't play or download even when I try to download the necessary player. I'm wondering if it's because I'm in a different region. The first recommended site was from a Brit. Anywaaaaay, the first episode is on YouTube (with Russian subtitles), so I think I'll settle for that and just skip the second episode. I've been able to tape episodes 3-6 of the first series. I'll be taping 7 & 8 tonight and tomorrow.

I've heard that Broadchurch is pretty dark, but very good.

BTW, I saw The World's End today. I really, really enjoyed it, though I think Hot Fuzz will always be my favourite movie in the Cornetto Trilogy.
karen9
Aug. 26th, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you really enjoyed The World's End. I'm hoping it will come on the circuit here.

The site I use is best for streaming rather than downloading. I tried the nowvideo.eu host for Broadchurch episode two. Click on the episode then on Play Now. Click "Close ad and continue as free user." Delete advertisement tab that comes up. Click arrow. Close any "Download Play now" boxes that may come up. OR the played.to host. Click on the episode then on Play Now. Click the small X box and close ads that have opened in the background. Then click the arrow. Both of these hosts are pretty slow to get going so try them out of peak hours.
rusty_armour
Aug. 26th, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
I hope it hits the big screen in South Africa. I think you'd really enjoy it. :-)

Thanks for the excellent tips! :-D I'll definitely try what you've suggested outside of peak hours. I think I probably ran into problems because I wasn't using those steps.
rusty_armour
Aug. 26th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
Hi again. I was wrong about the subtitles being in Russian. They were in French, which was helpful a couple of times when I didn't quite catch what someone said. *g* And it looks like the woman who posted the first episode is going to post the second one soon. As she needs to add those subtitles, I don't blame her for needing some extra time.

I have a feeling that CBC will eventually air The White Queen because they've aired quasi-historical mini-series before. Of course, those were co-Canadian productions (e.g. The Tudors), so maybe I'm being overly optimistic. My mom has offered to lend me the novel, so I'll have that in the mean time. :-)
karen9
Aug. 26th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, French would be easier than Russian!

I hope The White Queen is aired in Canada. You'll have to read the book trilogy to cover the tv series: The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker's Daughter. The tv series crammed too much into ten episodes.
rusty_armour
Aug. 26th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, French would be easier than Russian!

LOL! Yeah, just a bit! *g* I'm terrible at speaking French, but I'm not bad at reading it.

I hope The White Queen is aired in Canada.

I'm sure we'll get it here. Even if we don't, I have a feeling that my mom will buy the DVD when it's available. She's a big Philippa Gregory fan.

You'll have to read the book trilogy to cover the tv series: The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker's Daughter. The tv series crammed too much into ten episodes.

Yikes! No wonder the series couldn't do it justice! Well, I'm pretty sure my mom has all the books, so I should be able to cover the trilogy. :-)

greenhoodloxley
Aug. 25th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
I've been enjoying the White Queen too. I'm not quite as familiar with this period of history as I am with others, and I haven't read the books, so it was nice be surprised by various developments.
karen9
Aug. 26th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're enjoying The White Queen.

I know this period really well though not as well as I used to. I used to be able to list all the battles of the Wars of the Roses in order! When I first started reading adult books all I was interested in reading were The Wars of the Roses and Richard the Third.

Which periods of history are you interested in?
greenhoodloxley
Aug. 26th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)

Nice! I can never keep the Wars of the Roses in order.

Roman, various medieval, stuff like that. I'm fairly familiar with the Plantagenet periods, and various parts of the Tudors' reign. Not as familiar with Lancaster and York, etc.
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