I have a new addiction and it comes in the form of the Showtime production, “The Tudors”. I started watching it on and off last year sometime but never really found the time to devote to it. Now, I watch a few episodes a day! It’s one of those programmes that leaves you hanging at the end of an episode and you just HAVE to know what happens!
Last Wednesday, my Masters lectures were cancelled (more on my amazing MA later) and the whole class were priviledged enough to go to Ardmore Studios in Bray to go on set at “The Tudors”! It was so amazing to see how the show is produced. The sets are unbelieveable and are constantly changing as the team makes use of the small space they have to work with. All the props and costumes look completely authentic and its clear that a lot of research was put into them. We even saw Joan Bergin’s two Emmys for costume design just sitting there…ya know, hanging out in the costume dept.
We were fortunate enough to speak personally with Morgan O’Sullivan, the show’s Executive Producer. He explained how the show grew from an idea to the massive hit it is now. Apparently “The Tudors” is in the top five programmes ratings-wise in over 70 countries! Its funny, Ireland is one of the countries that doesn’t rate it highly!
“The Tudors” is one of the biggest productions Ireland has ever seen. The scale of it is just incredible. The majority of the crew are Irish – which made us delighted because if “The Tudors” continues to do well, other productions may follow and lead to jobs for us: HOORAY!
The programme follows the life of Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers…who wasn’t on set that day. Damnit.) and his various marriages. Not only does it cover the scandal of Henry’s love affairs, the show carefully chronicles England’s relationships with France, the Pope and the Holy Roman Emperor. Also covered are the religious contraversies of the time. Plus, it has really, really pretty costumes!
So, if you haven’t checked the show out – definitely do. It’ll have you hooked as well!