This is an engaging mini-series that is filled with drama, intense imagery, passion and is at least based in historical events. Great for Sewell fans, as he's in front of the camera much of the time, which captures his trademark magical and expressive eyes in various almost portrait-like shots. His beauty is even more pronounced against a bleak background and next to his unattractive mate (the queen) and his lover (the countess). The king describes the queen, quite accurately, as a bat. The countess character resembles a histrionic piranha and is hard to buy into as an object of anyone's desire, let alone the king's. I won't expand on who else she's in bed with, because that would constitute a spoiler. But honestly, I don't know what the makeup artists were doing to make this woman look the way she does on screen, or maybe it was just bad casting. It's not that every female character needs to be empirically beautiful. It's just that this character is supposed to be a sort of seductress, and she's anything but that. Sewell does a terrific job playing noble characters. Aside from my aesthetic concerns, this is visually interesting with a great storyline. Worth watching.