Bill: a Madcap British Family Adventure
by Jon Wilde | Mail Online | September 12, 2015
Horrible Histories has graduated to the big screen, with a madcap biopic of Shakespeare’s ‘lost’ early years. Cue Damian Lewis bombarding Spain with oranges, Christopher Marlowe wrestling a lamb chop… and lashings of gross-out humour for all the family.
Damian Lewis is hamming it up as an infamous Elizabethan seadog – deploying a Tudor tennis-ball machine to bombard King Philip II of Spain with oranges – in a room decorated to resemble a sumptuous 16th-century Spanish court.
Nearby, a group of actors dressed as giant vegetables and cuts of meat are whacking several shades of daylight out of each other.
Clearly, this is not the follow-up to Wolf Hall, the BBC TV series heralded for its attention to historical detail, where Lewis played a vigorous and powerful Henry VIII. So what on earth is going on?
Welcome to Bill, a madcap British family adventure-comedy film.
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