Becoming Elizabeth

TV review by Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Moody Queen Elizabeth I melodrama; violence and nudity.

Starz Drama 2022

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age 15+

surprisingly accurate

Am posting as I saw the other review and it complains about historical inaccuracies which aren’t in the show. Elizabeth isn’t confined to the Tower and Wyatt’s rebellion hasn’t featured in season one which covers Edward VI’s reign. Broadly the show is pretty close to the real history - a few of the events are out of order or simplified, and some dramatic licence is taken with relationships but it is a more accurate than most Tudor series.

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Educational value
age 18+

Parents Beware. Not suitable for children.

Historically innaccurate: Literary license aside, major events like Elizabeth's confinement in the Tower of London, under Edward VI was just too way way out for anyone who cares about some degree of actual history. Wyatts Rebellion took place under Queen Mary 1st, not Edward VI for example. The show's title is Becoming Elizabeth after all, so why make such a drastic mistake. Child abuse: The character of Elizabeth is portrayed as being 14 when Thomas Seymour (abuses) initiates an intimate relationship with her (Catherine Parr character talks about Elizabeth's 15th birthday coming up in that episode). Gratuitous violence/cruelty. While the period was a violent one, there is no need to go so far beyind the pale as to be deeply disturbing, even to adults. I stopped watching it immediately following the scene of psychopathic level animal cruelty in episode 6, because the writers chose to depict a scene of sickening cruelty to a falcon bird, ordered and watched by, the child king Edward VI. The screams of that creature featured in the scene, profoundly disturbing. I was made sick by this scene, heaven knows how badly the scene may affect children.

This title has:

Too much violence

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