I haven't watched the Tudors but since your on the topic of historical shows, I wanted to mention Spartacus. I see a couple people already asked if you gave it a 2nd chance. Hopefully you have or you will. Your assessment of that first episode was spot on, it was absolute rubbish. Surprisingly, the show becomes outstanding by the 4th episode which is appropriately titled The Thing in The Pit. By the end of the season I could swear you had a hand in writing the plot twists and characters, it is that good. Batiatus kept reminding me of Petyr Baelish. Anyway, Spartacus is well worth your time if your up for giving it another chance.