One of my favorite television-series is The Tudors, created and written by Michael Hirst who before had written the screenplays of Elizabeth and Elizabeth - The Golden Age. I deeply admire Hirst's ability to turn history into breathtaking entertainment. The Tudors series tells the story of King Henry VIII and his six wives as well as the rise and fall of his advisors and chancellors Wolsey, Cromwell and More. What happend then is so dramatic that Robert Greenblatt, the head of programming of the producing Showtime Channel, couldn't believe that it was all true. But everything the series shows is based on historical research. Truth is often stranger than fiction. Nevertheless it takes a first class writer like Michael Hirst to turn it into such a television highlight.