The Other Boleyn Girl

BBC Two Premiered Mar 28, 2003 Special


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The Other Boleyn Girl

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This program tells a story of sex, royal intrigue and the life of Mary Boleyn. Mary is happily married but forced by her family to become the mistress of King Henry VIII. She is initially upset by the situation but end up falling in love with the King. All is well until she can't produce a son for the King and his eye turns toward her sister Anne. The King shuns Mary and marries Anne making her Queen.

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AIRED ON 3/28/2003

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  • Mary Boleyn has to Cope with Anne Boleyn's Ambition

    I haven't read the book or seen the movie so I can only judge this BBC production. It is inexpensive and not as laden with classically trained actors as the 1970s The Six Wives of Henry VIII was. My DVD of this show came with that set just in case you don't get the connection. The actresses who are in this production are quite good are create memorable characters. The "talking to the screen" to express thoughts was very irritating at the beginning of the show but I got used to it and it grew on me. Still, I feel it was a flaw in the production, there might have been another way to indicate what the characters were thinking? Just wondering. An aspect of the show that I liked more than any other production I've seen about Anne Boleyn was that I really got a sense on how Anne could have kept a hold on King Henry for eight years before marrying him and how it all fell apart later on. The very impertinence that attracted Henry in the first place (because he was not used to such a thing) became very undesirable later on when Anne was his wife. She never seemed to get her sense of how dangerous her position was as long as she didn't have a son. It doesn't seem that Henry or Anne had that much feeling for each other in the long run. It would have had to have been a disappointment after such a long wait. Mary on the other hand marries no one in particular and lives a good life. At least according to this account.moreless