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Henry VIII (1979)

The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight (original title)
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John Stride ...
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Katharine of Aragon
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Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury
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Anne Bullen
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Cardinal Wolsey
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Duke of Buckingham
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Cromwell
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Duke of Suffolk
Alan Leith ...
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Tony Church ...
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John Bailey ...
Griffith, Gentleman-Usher
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Surveyor
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Lord Chamberlain
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Lord Sandys
Nigel Lambert ...
Sir Thomas Lovell
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This episode was not originally supposed to be part of the first season, but was moved forward in the schedule to replace the abandoned production of Much Ado About Nothing. See more »

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Version of A Man for All Seasons (1957) See more »

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A Brilliant adaptation and a wonderful recreation of the period
10 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I loved this film. It is good in almost every way. The acting is great (Claire Bloom as Queen Catherine and Timothy West as Wolsey were particularly good) as you would expect from a BBC film but as well as that it was actually filmed on location at Penhurst Place, Dover Castle and Leeds Castle and there are some wonderful costumes. Sometimes, what you see on the screen looks like a painting of the time come to life. Also, there is a lot of music from the period and one of the songs ("Orpheus and His Lute" I think) was sung by Emma Kirkby. The only thing about it that I don't think is brilliant is the play itself. It is a bit dull, especially when listened to on audio cassete and even more so when reading it. However in this adaptation, the play and the characters come to life.

I don't know why the BBC don't release "The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series, on video. The ones I've watched have all been very good and have some very well known British actors


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