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Henry VIII (1979)

The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight (original title)
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Shooting on location had several benefits; the camera could be set up in such a way as to show ceilings, something which cannot be done when shooting in a TV studio, as rooms are ceilingless to facilitate lighting. Also, the episode was shot in winter, and on several occasions, characters' breath can be seen, something which was also impossible to achieve in the studio. However, because of the cost, logistics and planning required for shooting on location, Cedric Messina decided that all subsequent productions would be done in-studio, a decision which did not go down well with several of the directors lined up for work on the second season. See more »

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A Brilliant adaptation and a wonderful recreation of the period
10 March 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I loved this film. It is good in almost every way. The acting is great (Claire Bloom as Queen Catherine and Timothy West as Wolsey were particularly good) as you would expect from a BBC film but as well as that it was actually filmed on location at Penhurst Place, Dover Castle and Leeds Castle and there are some wonderful costumes. Sometimes, what you see on the screen looks like a painting of the time come to life. Also, there is a lot of music from the period and one of the songs ("Orpheus and His Lute" I think) was sung by Emma Kirkby. The only thing about it that I don't think is brilliant is the play itself. It is a bit dull, especially when listened to on audio cassete and even more so when reading it. However in this adaptation, the play and the characters come to life.

I don't know why the BBC don't release "The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series, on video. The ones I've watched have all been very good and have some very well known British actors


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