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Henry VIII (2003)

Two-part TV series documenting the stormy 38-year reign of King Henry VIII.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry VII
Sid Mitchell ...
Young Henry VIII
Duke of Buckingham
Duke of Norfolk
Thomas Lockyer ...
Edward Seymour
Thomas Seymour
Thomas Cromwell
Guy Flanagan ...
Tall Servant
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Lord Henry Percy
Thomas Boleyn
Stephen Noonan ...
Spanish Ambassador


Two-part TV series documenting the stormy 38-year reign of King Henry VIII.

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Release Date:

12 October 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Enrique VIII  »


Box Office


£6,000,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


The actress Marsha Fitzalan, who plays the Duchess of Norfolk is, in real life, the daughter of the 17th Duke and Duchess of Norfolk. See more »


Immediately preceding the scene (interior) where the Pope is seen writing his refusal to divorce Henry VIII from Catherine of Aragon, there is a panoramic view of the Vatican (with St. Peter's basilica), implying that the Pope was in Rome/the Vatican at the time.DIn fact, the Pope was at Orvieto at the time, and it was there, in the Papal palace, where he wrote and signed this particular document. See more »


Katherine of Aragon: What did I do to upset you, that a maid of mine should turn against me like this?
Anne Boleyn: You failed to give England an heir.
Katherine of Aragon: And that upsets you so?
Anne Boleyn: What upsets the King, upsets me.
Katherine of Aragon: Let me tell you this. You want me to lie before God, and admit my first marriage was consummated? Well, it was not. You want me to retire, and withdraw my daughter's claim as sole rightful heir to the throne? Well, I shall not. Not in a thousand years. Not if you rack me within an inch of my life. So, I hope you have the ...
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Crazy Credits

Helena Bonham Carter receives second-billing in both parts despite Anne Boleyn getting the chop in the first part. Her contribution in part 2 is the pre-title reprise and flashbacks all already shown in part 1. See more »


Version of Henry VIII (1911) See more »

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Why did they bother?
27 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

This production sinks immediately to the lowest common denominator of taste. The slow motion executions, the obligatory wedding night scene complete with subdued lighting through gauze, the extremely annoying and inappropriate music with vocal hooting, dramatic points preceded by the clomp clomp of the bodyguard marching in to the chamber of the next victim, the long gallop over the moors - or the beach, blood spurting onto the onlookers at the execution - and on and on. Not one lingering moment of opportunity to reflect on the enormous significance of Henry's reign. A complete waste of effort. Dumbing us down. Inaccurate, shallow, full of worn out techniques - avoid like the plague.

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