Dear BBC

Mar. 4th, 2012 11:41 am
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Dear BBC

So, you're planning a TV series set in the fifteenth century, eh?
BBC Press Release
Well, I was naturally very excited to hear this.

Just two small problems:

1. It's based on historical novels written by Phillipa Gregory. This is not filling me with joy, because 'The White Queen' practically sent me to sleep and has put me off reading everything else she's written.

2. You're referring to it as 'The War of the Roses'. I have to hope this is a horrible typo on your part, because the author's website refers to it correctly as 'The Wars of the Roses'. But it doesn't inspire me with overwhelming confidence.

Yours sincerely

from someone who loves this period of history and is happy to have a 'big, fat old soap opera' approach as long as a modicum of historical accuracy is preserved, such as accurately using the name of the historical event in question

PS
Semi-serious casting suggestions:
Richard III - David Tennant. Can look tragically out of big, brown eyes and thus would make a perfect woobie King. Can also play a right bastard, depending on how the script pans out.
The Duke of York - Philip Glennister. Just because.
The Earl of Warwick - Christopher Eccleston. Northern, hard as nails. Could believably make and unmake kings.
Jane Shore - Billie Piper. Smart, beautiful and warm-hearted with a string of admirers.
Henry VI - Matt Smith. Has the right sort of chin. Could also make Henry sympathetic, tragic, awkward and annoying - all in the same scene.
Edward IV - Bradley James. Blond, young, good-looking. Experience in being kingly.
Margaret of Anjou - Keeley Hawes. Fierce, intelligent and commanding.
Duchess of York - Alex Kingston. Proud Cis and former Rose of Raby. Oh yes.

Yes, I have got a kind of 'theme' going on here. :)

Date: 2012-03-04 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eledonecirrhosa.livejournal.com
Do Philippa Gregory's novels have a plethora of orginal characters in them? If they don't, it seems a bit dumb to have paid the rights for them, given that history is free!

Date: 2012-03-04 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twitchbell.livejournal.com
You're right - it does seem a bit daft of them. I wouldn't know how many original characters Gregory's got, but I would've thought the Wars of the Roses had quite enough characters in it already without inventing more!

Date: 2012-03-04 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Oh, my dear God, no. Please, please, no. Tell me they're not going to base anything on Philippa Gregory's pile of unreadable---

::explodes::

Date: 2012-03-04 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twitchbell.livejournal.com
Somehow I guessed what your reaction would be!

Like I say, I've only tried to read one and it was not a success. I do gather that other people like them. But then, some people like Dan Brown. (I did finish 'The Da Vinci Code' but that was only so I could point and laugh with more authority.)

Date: 2012-03-05 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Ugh, I struggled to keep from throwing The White Queen at the wall. My reaction to it is here. It was a deeply frustrating book in its mediocrity. All the usual clich├ęs and so utterly dull. I tore through Sharon Penman when I was in school and I remember enjoying Gregory's Georgian novels (Wideacre was one of them) but I never liked any of her Tudor stuff because I found them not nearly as edgy as they thought they were. (And the answer is...WITCHCRAFT!)

Date: 2012-03-11 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twitchbell.livejournal.com
Your reaction to 'The White Queen' is quite perfect. I would probably have thought the same if I'd got any further with it. As it was, I just couldn't cope with how dull it was. Writing tediously about the Wars of the Roses should be a criminal offence, dammit!

Date: 2012-03-12 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Oh, I know! Those are the novelists I can't forgive--the ones who take a fantastic set of historical figures and make them dull. If I find Edward Hall's Vnion of the Two Noble & Illustre Houses of Yorke & Lancastre more interesting than a modern novel, clearly the modern novelist is doing it wrong. ;)

Date: 2012-03-04 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
On an unrelated note, I totally support Matt Smith as Henry VI. Hilariously enough, he is my mental image of Henry VI in the gigantic Shakespeare AU. Also, we are clearly sharing a brain because Bradley James has been Edward IV in my head pretty much since the first series of Merlin.

(Also, I am seriously excited about any sort of television series set in the fifteenth century, but Gregory's books were TERRIBLE.)

Date: 2012-03-04 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twitchbell.livejournal.com
Yes, we clearly are sharing the same brain!

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