Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn
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"Warrior Queen" 10-12-03

I don't usually comment on TV because we watch so little, but we stayed up Sunday night to watch "Warrior Queen" on PBS. We found the adapatation of the story of Boudica, Queen of the Iceni, and her doomed war against the Roman invaders. The teleplay recounts the known (or at least, the recorded) history with great accuracy, including the maneuvering of the climactic battle, although the ending does imply that Boudica died gloriously in battle, whereas the Roman historians recount that she took poison rather than be taken prisoner. Some of the interpolations are more reasonable than others--the tribal shaman is shown as having some apprently real mystical powers, notably in the scene where he purifies Boudica's daughters, and where he hides one of them from the eyes of the enemy so she can escape from the battlefield after the final defeat.

Great performances by Alex Kingston as Boudica, Andrew Lee-Potts as the psychotic Nero, Michael Feast as the hard-headed general Suetonius, and Gary Lewis as the sinister shaman Magior.


PBS Previews: http://www.pbs.org/previews/EMMTWarriorQueen/

Good Historical writeup:

http://itsa.ucsf.edu/~snlrc/encyclopaedia_romana/britannia/boudica/boudicanrevolt.html
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