Well-researched with interesting details.
Annoying pompous tone and bad pronunciation--whoever pronounces the Qing dynasty as "king" dynasty?
Yes; not sure
Hugh Fraser is a marvelous reader of Agatha Christie. He brings all the characters to life through different tones and accents.
I have seen him portray Capt Hastings in the tv series of Poirot mysteries. His performance here is as good.
Very good acting and reading skills
Unrealistic details in some place--a small example is that king Henry's bed would have been enclosed by brocade hangings but he is described as staring at the ceiling while in bed. We need to often willingly suspend disbelief at some of the very modern reactions and thoughts of the characters.
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