Aidan Smith TV Week: Anne Boleyn, Easttown Mare, Inside No 9


Jodie Turner-Smith is judged by Anne Boleyn

Jodie Turner-Smith is judged by Anne Boleyn

I am also intrigued by the crucifix hanging from the gallows by Anne Boleyn in the Channel 5 biopic and wondering what happened to him isn’t a rabbit hole on the internet where I thought I was. Such is the power of the story, however, and the power of Jodie Turner-Smith’s performance, intensely regal until the end.

“Divorced, beheaded, dead; divorced, beheaded, survived, ”says the learning rhyme reducing Henry VIII’s six wives to one word each and no spoiler alerts are needed for this drama, written by Eve Hedderwick Turner with a bit of nerve. After all, you have to be brave or foolish to face Hilary Mantel and Wolves Room.

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Turner is interested in the last five months of Anne’s life, when the wife was pregnant and hoped to give the king a son and heir after a daughter and two miscarriages. Yet she is his own wife. The “most powerful” in England according to the opening legends. She confronts Thomas Cromwell, challenging him to the king’s plundering of the church’s receipts. And in the royal chamber, it is she who dominates, causing all the biting and strangling foreplay.

Kate Winslet delivers best career performance in Mare of Easttown

Turner-Smith plays her sexy, intelligent, haughty and, for the men of the court, dangerous. She is ahead of her time by some 430 years – the first, and possibly the last, feminist of the Tudor era. And having a black actress to play her isn’t an awakening to diversity, as business has brought people of color to Merrie England.

Happy ? In truth, 1536 was a chore. The chattering peacocks irritate Anne and she wants them shot. It is the fate of the king’s horse when Henry is thrown into a joust. A pet ferret, spotting pigs’ heads on platters at a party immediately after the death of his wife # 1, Catherine of Aragon, rushes under the grate of the fire, preferring to try his luck there.

Anne has no chance, with trumped-up charges, being denied legal representation and the opportunity to cross-examine “witnesses” to her alleged adultery. Back then, the law was worse than a donkey; it was a state machine, the king’s toy. Her executioner begs her forgiveness and she says, “I give it to you with all my heart. “

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Adrian Dunbar takes on Inside No 9

After hot starts, some recent Sky Atlantic drama has come to a head. It’s a clue that we were The defeat. I didn’t believe the thriller had suddenly been reinvented and, worse yet, I didn’t care long until the ending that murdered the beautiful Elena. In the meantime, not so much thriller, don’t tell me he’s getting away with it anymore, Your Honor Justice Bryan Cranston has perverted the course of justice to a pretty ridiculous degree.

Easttown mare, however, kept me captivated until the end. It took a big star – Kate Winslet from Biggest Movie, Titanic – and planted it in a very small place. While The defeatNicole Kidman got to use Manhattan’s Upper West Side as her haute couture show, Winslet has to wear three drab coats and seven layers in all (it’s always cold). And while, as a mysterious murder, he defeats his rival with a hand tied behind his back and a big twist in the finale, Easttown mare is truly a family saga, a portrait of the life (and death) of a small town and the story of a woman’s struggle for inner peace.

There are a lot of times when you think Mare Sheehan can’t get over this. She does not get along with her resident mother, daughter or ex-husband over the fence who is remarrying. The grandson she is caring for will end up with his drugged mother. One potential love has died for her, and another is about to leave Easttown. Even the deacon was implicated in Erin McMenamin’s murder and the whole trembling community of a forgotten corner of Pennsylvania is going to hell. In addition, she is unable to recover from her son’s suicide. But then …

Winslet is exceptional. She doesn’t get the chance to show off – insisting her “big belly” didn’t end up on the cutting room floor – or make a big speech. There’s nothing great about what she does in the role, unless you’re talking about her Rolling Rock beer drinking or the extent of her repertoire of sad and battered expressions and I think that. she only smiles three and a half times in the entire series. But it has to be the performance of his career and if there is to be anything this year that is more beautifully moving, more heartbreaking than Easttown mare so I can’t wait to see it.

What a laugh Adrian Dunbar has in Inside n ° 9. He plays himself, plays cop. Not this cop – not Ted Hastings – but a detective in a real police drama shooting in a dismal trailer park.

The crime in question is a baby-snatch from 20 years ago, barely a ready-made gag, but you know those No 9 boys – they love gruesome challenges. This week’s episode, Hurry up and wait, is scary enough to remind me of those old people Alfred Hitchcock presents until Dunbar bursts into the green room in a truly hideous jacket. The man has just entered Course of action, the biggest show of the moment, and yet as insecure as the next actor. Reece Shearsmith is a little partner playing alongside him. Dunbar cuts off all of his dialogue, leaving him with just a nod, his face invisible, and does something terrible: “I really think we have the bastard!”

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