The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)

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A six-episode dramatization of Henry VIII's relationships with each of his six wives. Each episode is devoted to one wife, and is a complete play in itself.

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Series cast summary:
Keith Michell ...
 Henry VIII (6 episodes, 1970)
 Narrator (6 episodes, 1970)
 Duke of Norfolk (5 episodes, 1970)
Bernard Hepton ...
 Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (4 episodes, 1970)
Sheila Burrell ...
 Lady Rochford (3 episodes, 1970)
Basil Dignam ...
 Bishop Gardiner (3 episodes, 1970)
Wolfe Morris ...
 Thomas Cromwell (3 episodes, 1970)
Angela Pleasence ...
 Catherine Howard (2 episodes, 1970)
Anne Stallybrass ...
 Jane Seymour (2 episodes, 1970)
Dorothy Tutin ...
 Anne Boleyn (2 episodes, 1970)
Daniel Moynihan ...
 Edward Seymour (Lord Hertford) (2 episodes, 1970)
John Ronane ...
 Thomas Seymour (2 episodes, 1970)
Howard Goorney ...
 Will Somers (2 episodes, 1970)
 Sir Thomas Wriothesley (2 episodes, 1970)
Alison Frazer ...
 Princess Mary (2 episodes, 1970)
Edward Atienza ...
 Eustache Chapuys (2 episodes, 1970)


A six-episode dramatization of Henry VIII's relationships with each of his six wives. Each episode is devoted to one wife, and is a complete play in itself.

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The legendary, BAFTA award-winning BBC historical drama!


Drama | History | Romance





Release Date:

1 August 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die sechs Frauen Heinrich VIII  »

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Costume Designer John Bloomfield worked for nearly a year on the series. Three months were spent in basic research at the National Portrait Gallery, Windsor Castle and various libraries, going through books and papers, and studying paintings and drawings-especially those by Hans Holbein. Apart from the sheer number of costumes involved-300, including 25 for Henry-the real challenge was to recreate the richness of court dress. Thos was done on the cheap heavy materials and working on them with paints and resins, using screen printing methods. Fabric patterns with an embossed effect were achieved by drawing on the basic material with fiber pens and then painting over. See more »


In the "Anne Boleyn" chapter, at 12:11 (dancing scene) the boom mic is visibly seen. See more »


Version of A Man for All Seasons (1966) See more »

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I can watch this miniseries over and over again!
16 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of the most amazing pieces of television/theater. I was 17 when I watched it for the first time and about 10 years ago, acquired the miniseries on VHS. Just recently I was given the DVD set as a gift. I've been re-watching it and I marvel at just how amazing the production and the performances were. At the time Keith Michell played Henry, the actor was in his early 40's yet managed to portray the monarch from age 18 till his death at 56. Simply remarkable and I think Michell is the consummate Henry VIII. As the previous poster, my favorite episodes were Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard; I didn't know Ms. Pleasence was Donald Pleasance's daughter. I also enjoyed Annette Crosbie's performance; she also portrayed Queen Victoria in the miniseries about Edward VII. All in all, this is one of the finest miniseries ever done on television and I doubt we'll see its equal anytime soon.

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