Chérie 25 is broadcasting this Saturday evening “Anne Boleyn”, a historical mini-series with Jodie Turner-Smith which focuses on the last 5 months of the life of the infamous wife of Henry VIII.
What is it about ?
England, 1536. Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, desperately tries to give the crown a son as future heir. After giving birth to little Elizabeth and having two miscarriages, the sovereign knows she has no choice.
She must give her husband a boy if she does not want to face heavy retaliation and be struck off the court. Between her desire to ensure a bright future for her daughter, her fight against the patriarchal society of her time, the pressure undergone by those around her and the terrible accusations of which she is the victim, Anne Boleyn will have to overcome the difficult trials that will tip over forever his destiny.
This Saturday, December 4 from 9:05 p.m. on Chérie 25.
A modern historical tale
The gripping but tragic story of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of the infamous Henry VIII, continues to fascinate crowds, even centuries after her death. Whether on the big or the small screen, the fate of this Queen of England like no other has been told many times from different perspectives.
But for this new iteration, screenwriter Eve Hedderwick Turner has chosen to offer us a modern interpretation of this historic event, focusing only on the last 5 months of her life.
From the first minutes, this mini-series in three parts puts us directly in the bath since we are facing a queen who leads a fight lost in advance to offer an heir to her husband, and at the same time save her place in the throne.
Thanks to her mainly female creative team (the realization having been entrusted to Lynsey Miller, and the production to Faye Ward), Anne Boleyn offers us a current and feminist look on this historical period. We are faced with a queen who takes pleasure in making love with her husband, who navigates with agility in the meanders of the internal politics of the court and who does not hesitate to plot to ensure her place.
Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim) brilliantly manages to embody the fallen queen by infusing the character with a strength and determination that leaves no doubt as to the reasons for her accession to the throne. On the supporting roles side, Henry VIII is played by Mark Stanley (Game of Thrones) while his new mistress, Jane Seymour, is played by Lola Petticrew (Bloodlands). Paapa Essiedu, previously seen in I May Destroy You, lends her features to Anne Boleyn’s brother.