Anne Boleyn reviews are in after the first episode last night (Tuesday June 1st), and the new Channel 5-time drama received decidedly mixed reactions.
Actress Jodie Turner-Smith played Henry VIII’s doomed second wife, and viewers praised her performance after initial casting controversy.
However, some viewers loved her as the English Tudor queen, while others did not.
Anne Boleyn reviews: what happened in the first episode?
The series tells the story of Anne, who was at the center of intrigues at the royal court in the 16th century.
Viewers saw Anne and their second child pregnant with Henry and the court was hoping for a son to take over his reign.
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But after her husband was seriously injured in a tournament accident, he looked like a different person.
He started flirting with maid of honor Jane Seymour, and Anne began to feel the heat.
When she gave birth to her stillborn son, Henry looked like he had cast her out.
Feeling the pressure of the court and the paranoia caused by Henry’s developing relationship with Jane, Anne began to unravel.
And as we all know, it’s a fight that she ultimately lost. Just like her head.
This is really terrible.
Can’t we get to the point where they cut off her head?
– (@ Glenn_gly21658) June 1, 2021
– Alice Olsen (@aliceesolsen) June 2, 2021
#AnneBoleyn This isn’t very good. They’ve made an interesting woman rather dull.
— Renfield's Afoot💙Vaccinate. (@ThisLeadenPall) June 1, 2021
How did the audience react to the episode?
The bold, fresh retelling of the story sparked mixed reactions from viewers.
Many initially said it was “awful” and “boring”.
One wrote on Twitter: “#AnneBoleyn That’s not very good. You made an interesting woman pretty boring. “
I tried #AnneBolyen and I really liked #JodieTurnerSmith, but it was just so verbose and boring.
Another said, “I tried #AnneBolyen and I really liked #JodieTurnerSmith, but it was just so verbose and boring.
“She was a great historical figure and that’s what they made up.”
A third muttered, “That version of Anne is so terrible. It is [a] Wonder that she was not beheaded earlier. “
#Anne Boleyn is one of my favorite queens in history. Let this Queen Jodie Turner-Smith rule over us. She is an amazing actress who plays an iconic person in history. #Queen pic.twitter.com/sdMHjw7ruE
– Becky Clarke (@beckyautumn) May 30, 2021
Quite enjoying #AnneBoleyn so far!! A little clunky on dialogue but Jodie Turner-Smith is absolutely rocking it!!
— 🏳️🌈 Alan 💁🏻♂️ (@agarnet30) June 1, 2021
Hands down the best Boleyn siblings I’ve ever seen. It is worth looking at for that alone. Many people groan about historical accuracy but don’t realize we have our most accurate Anne and George yet. #Anne Boleyn
– Claudia Boleyn BA 🌹Socialist🌹🇮🇳 + 🏴 (@ClaudiaBoleyn) June 1, 2021
It wasn’t all bad, however, and viewers praised Jodie for her excellent performance.
One wrote: “#AnneBoleyn is one of my favorite queens in history.
“Let this Queen Jodie Turner-Smith rule over us. She is an amazing actress who plays an iconic person in history. #Queen.”
Another said: “I’ve enjoyed #AnneBoleyn quite a bit so far !!
“A bit chunky in dialogue, but Jodie Turner-Smith absolutely rocks it!”
A third praised Jodie and Paapa Essiedu as Anne’s brother George.
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“Hands down the best Boleyn siblings I’ve ever seen,” said one viewer.
“It’s worth watching for that alone. Many people groan about historical accuracy but don’t realize we have our most accurate Anne and George yet. #Anne Boleyn. “
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