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The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Season 1: Episode 6 -- Having been forced to marry the gross and ageing king, the unpretentious Queen proves to be the only wife whose courageous honesty, directness and shining intellect endear rather than anger King Henry. She is also the only wife to survive her marriage and outlive the most notorious king in history.

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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
1 January 1970 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
The legendary, BAFTA award-winning BBC historical drama!
Plot:
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.
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
outstanding piece of TV drama See more (25 total) »

Cast

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Keith Michell ... Henry VIII (6 episodes, 1970)

Anthony Quayle ... Narrator (6 episodes, 1970)

Patrick Troughton ... 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)

Patrick Godfrey ... Sir Thomas Wriothesley (2 episodes, 1970)
Alison Frazer ... Princess Mary (2 episodes, 1970)
Edward Atienza ... Eustache Chapuys (2 episodes, 1970)
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Series Directed by
Naomi Capon (3 episodes, 1970)
John Glenister (3 episodes, 1970)
 
Series Writing credits
Maurice Cowan (6 episodes, 1970)

Series Produced by
Ronald Travers .... producer (6 episodes, 1970)
Mark Shivas .... producer (5 episodes, 1970)
 
Series Film Editing by
Colin Hill (1 episode, 1970)
Tony Tew (1 episode, 1970)
 
Series Production Design by
Peter Seddon (5 episodes, 1970)
 
Series Costume Design by
John Bloomfield (5 episodes, 1970)
 
Series Makeup Department
Pamela Burns .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1970)
 
Series Sound Department
Chick Anthony .... sound (4 episodes, 1970)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Wright .... lighting (5 episodes, 1970)
A.A. Englander .... film camera (2 episodes, 1970)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rita Rumbelow .... wardrobe (5 episodes, 1970)
 
Series Music Department
David Munrow .... music arranger / musician (1 episode, 1970)
 
Series Other crew
James Brabazon .... story editor / script editor (4 episodes, 1970)
Geraldine Stephenson .... dance arranger / dances (2 episodes, 1970)
 

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USA:540 min
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Unlike most programs that air on "Masterpiece Theatre", this miniseries aired on CBS (a commercial television network) when first presented in the U.S. It was only years later that "Masterpiece Theatre" showed it.See more »
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Boom mic visible: In the "Anne Boleyn" chapter, at 12:11 (dancing scene) the boom mic is visibly seen.See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
outstanding piece of TV drama, 2 July 2007
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

This series - and can you imagine the BBC financing and supporting a nine-hour historical drama series these days? - focuses on one of the six wives each episode, an interesting approach which comes off better in some instalments than others. Still, what is here is excellent - and far better than the ridiculously truncated film which followed a few years later.

Keith Michell as Henry. What more can I add to the praise which has already been put forward? He is excellent in every episode; we see Henry as a complex character who at times can cause us to sympathise with his predicament. The writing of this series is tight and believable, and the supporting characters are solid. This always helps move a series along when many supporting players are there throughout. Of particular note are Patrick Troughton as Norfolk, Bernard Hepton as Cranmer, and Sheila Burrell as Lady Rochford.

Of the six wives, all are excellent in their own ways. Katherine of Aragon's story is rushed, but Annette Crosbie does her best and is both memorable and pathetic ... Dorothy Tutin as Anne Boleyn is more fiery but the trial scene is truly regal and gives a different perspective ... Anne Stallybrass as Jane Seymour is sweet, pious, and just a little bit cunning (and that episode, largely in flashback as Jane lies sick to death at her son's christening, is well done) ... Elvi Hale as Anne of Cleves is extremely convincing, and her episode is full of intrigue ... Catherine Howard, as played by Angela Pleasance, is all gloss and no substance, but you still feel for her as she goes headlong to her fate without recognition ... and Rosalie Crutchley as Katharine Parr is a dull old crow in black, widow of old men, who at first resents her lot and then comes to respect and love the sick king.

This series really is remarkable. I would never get bored watching it - and eventually, it led to another top-class BBC drama, Elizabeth R, using some of the same cast and moving the story through the reigns of Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I herself.

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