Channel 5 is preparing the release of its long-awaited television series Anne Boleyn.
The three-part thriller will explore a whole new side of the historic icon.
It aims to expose viewers to what the history books haven’t said about the iconic Queen Tudor.
The drama sparked controversy over its lead actress (Credit: Channel 5)
Who was Anne Boleyn?
Anne Boleyn came to prominence as the wife of King Tudor Henry VIII.
Over the years, she has been portrayed in numerous television shows and documentaries. However, she is usually relegated to nothing more than being known as his second wife.
As a result, many novels and history books have described her as a jealous and cruel woman.
However, historians now suggest that may not have been the case after all.
In her book, Anne Boleyn: 500 Years of Lies, historian Hayley Nolan’s research found that Anne was a “powerful politician, fighting for the people.”
She says Anne was a “feminist who didn’t let her gender hold her back.”
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According to the producers, the show “sheds a feminist light on the final months of Boleyn’s life.”
It will be about “re-imagining her struggle with the patriarchal society of Tudor England, her desire to secure a future for her daughter, Elizabeth, and the stark reality of her failure to provide Henry with a male heir”.
Unfortunately, the story does not have a happy ending.
Anne was arrested for treason and sentenced to death by beheading.
His death had a huge political and cultural impact and marked the start of the English Reformation.
The drama will air next month (Credit: Channel 5)
Casting of Anne Boleyn: Who stars in the Channel 5 series?
Actress Jodie Turner-Smith embodies the tragic royal figure.
She is joined by Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You) as George Boleyn, Mark Stanley (White House Farm) as Henry VIII and Lola Petticrew (Dating Amber) as Jane Seymour.
Other actors include Amanda Burton (White House Farm) as Lady Anne Shelton, Barry Ward (White Lines) as Thomas Cromwell and Jamael Westman (Hamilton) as Edward Seymour.
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Where to watch Anne Boleyn
Fans finally got to see a trailer for the show in May.
Filming for the long-awaited series ended in winter last year.
It was shot in British locations such as Castle Howard in North Yorkshire.
Anne Boleyn will debut on Channel 5 at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1.
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