The Tudor era, while it has intrigued the modern public, has never been portrayed accurately in film or television. The Tudors shares in that tradition and is entirely a fictional tale never to be confused with fact. There were real people like Henry VIII, Anne Boelyn, Thomas More et al. but the series blightfully ignores what actually occurred. Henry Fitzroy, the king's illegitimate son, is killed off when he lived past Anne's execution. The Duke of Suffolk marries Margaret Tudor (who also is terminated)when he really married Mary Tudor and Margaret married the King of Scotland (allowing the Stuarts to assume the English throne in 1603 after the death of Elizabeth). And in the interest of twenty-first century values, the Tudor court supposedly was a hot bed of seduction and sex. Not. Read Eric Ives's biography of Anne Boelyn for something more realistic. And, of course, everyone is far too pretty, physically. Jonathan Rys Meyers bears no resemblance to Henry VIII and almost looks wimpy since he lacks the age (not old enough) and the physique of a middle-aged king who truly was a big man. Anne was not a stunning beauty, though like Cleopatra she always is so portrayed. The series, nonetheless, is addictive fun despite these sorts of faults. The key weakness is a proliferation of dumb and irrelevant sub-plots like the relationships of Tallis or Wyatt. It is well acted, with nice location shots, and a good build-up to the inevitable series of crises: the Great Matter; the fall of Wolsey, More, Anne, Cromwell and Norfolk; the split from Rome. Heads will roll and the audience gets to revel in the fun.