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  
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Series cast summary:
Keith Michell ...
 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)
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)
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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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The legendary, BAFTA award-winning BBC historical drama!

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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 »

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

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Featured in Night of a Thousand Shows (2000) See more »

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Hypnotic for lovers of drama, romance, and history
2 August 2002 | by (I never tire of this mini-series) – See all my reviews

I first saw this BBC production at 13 in 1971, and was simply fascinated. I have seen it several times since, and it's always fresh and interesting to watch. Keith Mitchell is excellent as Henry VIII, and I found no fault with the acting or history of the series. Well-cast, well-acted. I must say that my favorite episodes were Dorothy Tutin as Anne Boleyn and the very unfortunate young Katherine Howard, played by Angela Pleasence. I was surprised that she is the daughter of of Donald Pleasance. All of the episodes are outstanding, and are educational as well. Keith Mitchell plays Henry the VIII with all the conceited, bombastic, loving, hating and self-indulging qualities that history describes him as having. A must-see for lovers of drama, romance, and English History. 10 out of 10 stars easily.


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