With the recent conclusion of the series "The Tudors". I don,t think that Jonathan Rhys Meyers portrayal of a rather light weight Henry the eighth will win him or the series producers much critical acclaim from the likes of Messers Schama and Starkie. We also have the latest Sparta offering with "Gods of the arena" which IMHO despite bucket loads of CGI blood and full frontal nudity is,nt a patch on the Rome series by HBO which also had generous offerings of both. With that in mind, What is the best and worst portrayal on film or TV of a historical period, character or event, fictional or otherwise? I particularly rated Robert Carlyles uber tyrannical James the first in Jimmy Mcgoverns "Gunpowder treason and plot" even though i,m sure some dramatic licence was applied. Whilst i especially disliked Mel Gibsons blue faced peasant hero corruption of William Wallace.