I've been looking forward to this, as the first set were so good, and of course there are lots of good actors involved (Judi Dench, for example, Sophie Okonedo, and of course Benedict Cumberbatch as the dastardly Richard III, but Ben and Judi haven't shown up yet...)
| Tom Sturridge and Sophie Okonedo |
(c) Robert Viglasky/BBC/Carnival Film & Television Ltd
In this first episode, we have already had the rise and fall of Joan of Arc (Laura Frances-Morgan), the nobilty of England picking roses to declare which side of the coming they will be on, and Richard of York (not that one. his father) putting himself forward as the rightful King (which of course, arguably he was, what with that Bolingbroke having usurped the crown rather than waiting for his older cousin to do so. . .)
Sophie Okonedo is superb as Queen Margaret, I'm looking forward to seeing more of her, and Tom Sturridge, is wonderfully ineffectual as King Henry VI.
There's also some particular local interest for me - some of the filming took place in Wells, and spotting parts of Wells Cathedral, standing in for Henry's palace, adds to the fun!
I can't wait for the next episode! This is why I love the BBC!