I remember vaguely seeing an episode of 'The First Churchills' when my sister rented the DVDs years ago, but I've never watched it properly - if it's good I'll have to see about getting my grubby little paws on a copy
I liked 'The Devil's Whore' too but I did feel it was very much a romp.
The Churchills was available on DVD last year for £25 but I thought I'd wait until the price dropped. Ha! Ha!. However, it can be rented through Lovefilm.com. I am contemplating membership but really don't get that much time to sit and watch DVD -- it gets in the way of my reading. It's all on YouTube in 10-minute snatches if you want to get an idea if its worth watching.
I thought Devil's Whore was great fun and not to be taken too seriously. Lady Anne Fanshaw's diary (on which it was loosely based) is available free online. The rights were apprently originally owned by the BBC and going to be a 12-episoder but ended up at Channel 4 as the 4-parter. I think only the BBC raise the resources for the longer serials now. ITV say they can't afford to make any more Hornblowers. Such a shame as I love seeing Wolfie as an admiral.
I was more than doubtful about certain parts of DW, but if Diane Purkiss is to be believed, the Levellers did accuse Cromwell of involvement in the assassination of Thos Rainsborough and also that he was a master siege tactician but as her book has no footnotes, it is really rather difficult to check this out. The National Biography has no mention of it but I am shortly to delve into some books about New Model Army and will see what that turns up.