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On Sky Movies Premiere tonight at 8pm
Hollywood does history with American actresses Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson playing British sisters Anne and Mary Boleyn, who become rivals for the love of the British monarch Henry VIII, played by the Australian actor Eric Bana.
It’s a shallow portrayal of a deep and complex period in history, but if you like to see pretty frocks, pretty girls, pretty period properties, a few heaving bosoms and a small amount of bodice ripping, then this film will entertain well enough.
Personally, it inspired me to hunt down those old history books (and get the feather duster out on that neglected bookcase). Following a bit of cross-referencing with the internet, I subsequently spent a number of weekends retracing the steps of the Tudors around London.
Did you know that a bouquet of roses is delivered to the Tower of London every year on the anniversary of the day Anne Boleyn lost her head?