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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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

At the end of the segment "Jane Seymour", the supposedly dead Seymour is still breathing. See more »

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Featured in Night of a Thousand Shows (2000) 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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