: I was shocked when I watched this episode of
: the TV series "The White Princess"
: some weeks ago, but I could never thought it
: would be on the Spanish news. But I have
: read a couple of articles about it in some
: Spanish papers today.
: In the series "The White Princess", King Henry
: and Queen Elisabeth travel to Granada (although
: the scene was shot at the Alcazar of Seville) to
: visit the Catholic Monarchs to negotiate the
: marriage between Prince Arthur and Infanta
: Catalina (in the series called Princess).
: The first shock is the actress playing the
: role of Queen Isabel. The worst choice. Rossy de
: Palma, known for being an "Almodovar actress"
: and her Picassian anatomy, is certainly not like
: Queen Isabel. Especially after watching
: Michelle Jenner, who played Isabel in the
: recent Spanish series.
: Then Princess Catalina is introduced to the
: Queen and King of England, dancing something
: like flamenco and looking like a gipsy.
: It is quite usual to see Catalina in British
: and American films and series with dark hair
: and eyes, while she was blonde and pale. I
: think only in the 70's BBC series "The
: Six Wives of Henry VIII" the actress
: was a good choice.
Manuel, I'm sorry to say this sounds exactly like one of those historical melodramas to avoid like the plague! Almost total abandonment of historical accuracy for the sake of lurid melodrama. Henry VII and Elizabeth of York visiting Spain? When did that ever happen? Dark-haired flamenco dancing Spanish princesses? I'm sure everyone concerned would have fainted with horror if they had been forced to witness that!
This sounds like complete rubbish and nothing like the reasonably historically accurate series "Isabel".
Incidentally, the actress who played Catherine in the 'Six Wives of Henry VIII' is Annette Crosbie who gave a thoughtful performance (although I did think she went a bit over the top when she burst into hysterical crying after Henry told her he wanted to end their marriage.) She is most recently well known for playing Victor Meldrew's wife Margaret in the long-running British TV sitcom, "One Foot in the Grave".