Channel 5’s new three-part psychological thriller Anne Boleyn follows Henry VIII’s most infamous wife in the fatal months before her execution in 1536, told from the perspective of Anne, played by the formidable Jodie Turner-Smith. The first episode premiered on Channel 5 on Tuesday 1st June and the full boxset is available to stream now on My5.
The entire production was filmed in Yorkshire at breath-taking locations, including Bolton Castle. It was one of the first major dramas to go into production using the new COVID safety filming protocols; Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office offered crewing and locations support to Fable Pictures throughout the shoot.
The location scouts were spoilt for choice when searching for screen doubles for Greenwich Palace and the Tower of London. Yorkshire has a wealth of heritage attractions, from castles to country manor houses, that date to the medieval period – some even have real-life connections with Henry VIII or Anne Boleyn’s daughter, Elizabeth I, who went on to rule England after Mary I in the mid 16th century.