The Other Boleyn Girl Reviews
If you liked the book but disliked the 2008 film of the same name, give this a try, you wont be disappointed.
In the BBC version, Natasha McElhone stars as Mary Boleyn,who was Henry VIII's mistress before he became infatuated with Anne. I found Natasha McElhone's character portrayal to be lack luster, lacking conviction and failing to connect with me as the viewer. I actually felt Scarlett Johansson did a better job in conveying the innocence of the character than McElhone.
But the star of the show is definitely Jodhi May as Anne Boleyn - she happens to be one of my favorite period actresses [the other is Justine Waddell] and manages to convince the viewer of her inner charms that managed to not only capture the king's attention but provoke him into leaving his wife and moving away from the Church just so he could finally possess her. May's eyes are very expressive and credibly evoke her ambitions, much more persuasively than Natalie Portman did in the 2008 movie version.
As for Henry VIII, the actor portraying him, Jared Harris does a credible job, and a lot better than the petulant, hissy king portrayed by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in The Tudors [a cable series].
The production values in this BBC production fall far short of the superior quality of both the cable series and the 2008 movie version. The low budget makes this a rather colorless production in terms of costumes, sets and cinematography. I still prefer the book.