No one even ever cracks a smile in this terribly intense drama!!! And, that's unrealistic because the reign of Charles II (The Restoration) was the time when people were sick to death of the self righteous primness of Oliver Cromwell and delighted that King Charles was bringing back more merry times; theaters were very popular and the taste of the population was for outrageous comedy. Charles was unknown as "The Merry Monarch". He was also followed everywhere by his pack of yapping spaniels (King Charles Spaniels). And, why did they cast such a plain actress as Lady Castlemaine??? I admit she did a fine job, but her looks were (sorry) not much!!!