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The Six Wives of Henry VIII 

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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 Narrator 6 episodes, 1970
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 Duke of Norfolk 5 episodes, 1970
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 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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Anne Stallybrass ...
 Jane Seymour 2 episodes, 1970
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 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! 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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John Bloomfield worked for nearly a year on the series. He spent three months doing 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 accomplished by using screen printing methods with paints and resins on cheap heavy materials on them. Embossed fabric patterns were achieved by drawing on the basic material with fiber pens, then painting over it. See more »

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Version of Henry VIII (1991) See more »

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Nearly Flawless!
21 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a set I'd love to own. The costumes are great, and acting is even greater, especially Keith Michel. He brings real depth to Henry and we see him as the interesting, complex man that he was, not just the selfish, bloated glutton of his later years. The court intrigue and politics, and also the costumes are expertly presented and you get a real feel for the times. The only flaw was that the actresses were generally too old for the parts they played, but there aren't many young actresses of this caliber, so one has to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the show. If I had to choose the best performance of the wives, I'd choose Annette Crosbie as Catherine of Aragon.


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