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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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1 January 1970 (UK) See more »
The legendary, BAFTA award-winning BBC historical drama!
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.
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Excellent and accurate portrayal of Henry VIII's life See more (25 total) »


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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)

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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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. Thos 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 »
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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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Excellent and accurate portrayal of Henry VIII's life, 25 March 2002
Author: Margaret Ernsberger ( from Huntsville, Alabama

I have seen this series many times and enjoy it immensely every time I see it. I have read a number of biographies of Henry VII and this series is the most accurate portrayal of Henry VIII I have seen, making him a sympathetic character in spite of the way he treated some of his wives (in contrast, "The Private Life of Henry VIII," with Charles Laughton as Henry, is absolutely ludicrous in its portrayal of Henry and his wives). Watching this series gives one a good understanding of how a king could go through six wives, having two of them executed and one driven to an early death through mistreatment. Yet he is never exactly hero or villain, he is portrayed as a human being, who only once went into a marriage that was not for love, and quickly got out of it (through annulment). Anyone who is interested in the history of England's monarchy should enjoy this series. And a good follow up series is "Elizabeth R", with Glenda Jackson playing the title role (quite excellently).

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