What advice would you give to a journalist interested in writing historical drama?
The key for me with historical characters is they're interesting because they're human beings. A little bit of Hemingway goes a long way here, but journalists and writers should honestly look at their material and have a real interest, a real passion in what they want to write, and they should also have a lot of knowledge, as well. You don't write police procedural stuff unless you really know that beat, but it's ultimately not the procedure that makes the show work -- it's the people. The more real they are, the better.
Wonderful writing advice from Michael Hurst, who created The Tudors TV series.
Standout moment for me in the series: what happens to the swan when Anne Boleyn is executed. Powerful. Made me feel ill.