Channel 5 release the official trailer for their new three-part psychological thriller, starring Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim) as Anne Boleyn.
The drama will explore the final months of Anne Boleyn’s life from the eponymous Queen’s perspective, as she struggles to secure a future for her daughter and to challenge the powerful patriarchy closing in around her.
For 500 years we have been drip-fed a story about Anne Boleyn: the cold-hearted scheming seductress who bewitched Henry VIII into marrying her, before sleeping with his best friend. Oh, and her own brother. But because history is written by the victors, we have never heard her side of the story. This series will take you inside her mind and follow events from her perspective. Anne openly dares to see herself as the King’s equal. She sees a future in which her daughter – a female! – could rule. She refuses to fall in line. But these are dangerous attributes in the Tudor court – a competitive world riddled with misogyny and machismo …
Anne Boleyn will depict the key moments that cause Anne to topple, unpicking her immense strength, her fatal vulnerabilities and her determination to be an equal among men.
The ensemble cast includes Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You, Gangs of London) as Anne’s brother and Tudor nobleman George Boleyn. Mark Stanley (White House Farm) is Henry VIII, one of the most famous Kings in British history, and Lola Petticrew (Dating Amber) is Anne’s love rival, Jane Seymour.
Barry Ward (White Lines, Des) is King Henry VIII’s closest and most powerful advisor Thomas Cromwell, Jamael Westman (West End’s Hamilton) is Jane Seymour’s ambitious brother Edward, Amanda Burton (White House Fam, Silent Witness) is stoic Governess, Lady Anne Shelton, and Thalissa Teixeira (Two Weeks to Live, Trigonometry) is Anne’s loyal confidante and cousin Madge Shelton.
Newcomer Eve Hedderwick Turner has penned the 3-part mini-series, which is directed by Lynsey Miller (Deadwater Fell, Doing Money, The Boy With The Topknot).
Anne Boleyn is produced by Faye Ward and Hannah Farrell through their London-based outfit Fable Pictures. The series was commissioned by Channel 5’s Controller Ben Frow, Deputy Director of Programmes Sebastian Cardwell and Sony Pictures Television’s President of International Production Wayne Garvie. Renowned historian Dan Jones serves as Executive Producer.
The series wrapped production on location in Yorkshire in December 2020, and is coming soon to Channel 5.