With enough sex and gore to rival Game of Thrones, Versailles has made a surprisingly low key entrance into our lives, despite MUCH hype by the BBC leading up to its debut.
Sure, two episodes in and politicians and watchdogs are up in arms about the copious amounts of nudity and graphic sex, but again, I reiterate- we're almost in GOT territory here, so what has got people so worked up?
I'll tell you- it's because it's a romanticised 17th Century where everyone has beautifully white teeth, perfect hair and skin, when in reality if you were fooling around with literally anyone who took your fancy, you would definitely start to show the effects.
That aside, it's a complete hoot. As Vogue so eloquently put it, "The freedom with which clothes are flung off escalates to an almost comical frequency." Quite.
Is it worth a watch? Absolutely. For anyone who's a bit of a fashion boffin, the costumes and handcrafted wigs (each made at a cost of £4000) are exquisite to look at. Plus the story isn't half bad either.
It tells the tale of King Louis XIV and his relocation of the court from Paris to Versailles, during which the nobles gradually start to rebel against him. The aforementioned sex and violence plays out through fear, uncertainty and secrets long since buried set to be revealed. Oo-er.
Following the well-tread formula which made The Tudors so popular, it would be a shame if they toned things down because of some backlash. Given our actual debauched history, incest, multiple sexual partners and er, foreplay with an orange doesn't sound that far-fetched to me.
Watch the trailer above and let us know what you think!
Photo Credit: BBC
Video Credit: BBC
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