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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1971  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
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 Henry VIII (6 episodes, 1970)
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 Narrator (6 episodes, 1970)
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 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)
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 Catherine Howard (2 episodes, 1970)
Anne Stallybrass ...
 Jane Seymour (2 episodes, 1970)
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 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)
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 Sir Thomas Wriothesley (2 episodes, 1970)
Alison Frazer ...
 Princess Mary (2 episodes, 1970)
Edward Atienza ...
 Eustache Chapuys (2 episodes, 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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King Henry VIII was famous for his insatiable appetite. At table. And at the altar. A man of incontestable will, his pursuit of pleasure and a suitable heir ultimately led him to separate church from state, and wife from head. In a series of six dramatic specials, the man and the turbulent age he dominated spring vividly to life. Seen through the eyes of the women who aroused his passion and suffered his displeasure. Keith Michell stars as Henry. See more »

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Drama | History | Romance

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1 August 1971 (USA)  »

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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. This 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 »

Goofs

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

Connections

Version of The Tudors: Sister (2010) See more »

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The crowning achievement of British TV, still unsurpassed
4 August 1999 | by (Bethesda, MD) – See all my reviews

Impeccable in casting, sets, dialogue, and period feel. All of the principals are magnificent; but the actors who play Stephen Gardiner and Robert Barnes are simply extraordinary. The much-maligned Keith Michell is still the best Henry this century, easily brushing aside Robert Shaw, Richard Burton, and Charles Laughton. Michell's combination of vanity, insecurity, overweening machismo, and determination to stay top dog at all costs is painful but fascinating to watch. This TV series does full justice to all facets of the Tudor period; best of all, it reveals extra magical touches with each re-viewing. Which means, in short, that this is a video which you should buy, rather than rent.


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