A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.

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 King Henry VIII (38 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Charles Brandon (38 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Ambassador Bishop Chapuys / ... (25 episodes, 2007-2010)
James Frain ...
 Thomas Cromwell (25 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Mary Tudor (23 episodes, 2008-2010)
Guy Carleton ...
 Chamberlain (23 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Anne Boleyn (21 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Edward Seymour (21 episodes, 2008-2010)
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 Thomas Boleyn (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Richard Rich / ... (19 episodes, 2008-2010)
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 Queen Catherine of Aragon (18 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Bishop Gardiner (17 episodes, 2009-2010)
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 George Boleyn (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Sir Thomas More (16 episodes, 2007-2010)
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This costume drama features England's splendid Renaissance dynasty under King Henry VIII. Beginning in Season 1 when Henry VIII was growing desperate for an heir and growing distant from his first wife, the series moves quickly to the period when Anne Boleyn became his obsession. During this time Cardinal Wolsey rose to become the power behind his throne, ruling ruthlessly and nearly absolutely while Henry (played by Johnathon Rhys Meyers) for the most part followed the Cardinal's advice, maneuvering through a series of betrayals and plots against him. When Anne Boleyn plays much harder to get than any woman ever has, Henry begins to search for a way out of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, so that he can make Anne his wife. Needing a divorce, Henry turns to Wolsey, who promises to help him create waves of backlash from the church, as well as the Spanish Habsburg dynasty and its overseas empire. Against this background gyrate the private lives and political intrigues of several ... Written by KGF Vissers and Ayla Slessor

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Lover. Warrior. Rebel. King. Prepare for reign. See more »

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The final TV role of Simon Ward. See more »

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White was the mourning color of queens, not black. However, Spain's mourning colors were yellow and black. Katherine of Aragon wearing black is historically accurate. See more »

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King Henry VIII: [after holding a council meeting] It is settled. We are to war with France. Now... I can go play.
[Several courtiers laugh]
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Version of Anna Boleyn (1920) See more »

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Performed by Evanescence
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Scenes Of Incredible Visual Power
3 October 2015 | by (Sword Of The Protector) – See all my reviews

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First, yes it is not accurate history and I also would have preferred Waddington who has the physical presence of the great Tudor Monarch. Also, I too wish we could have been spared all the sex and gross out violence. Yet, for all its flaws, it contains scenes of such power, I would like to relay my favorite to you. Before Anne is killed, Henry stares incessantly out the windows at the pair of beautiful swans. These images are included with the wait for the executioner from Calais. The actual execution is handled beautifully much better than her supposed lovers which was a gore fest. We see moving images of her long lost childhood with Anne's father playing with her and her brother. With the music, it is such a well done piece of work. The episode concludes with the cruel monster eating one of the swans that he had cooked for his enjoyment; we last see him his face dripping with the juices as he is shoveling the food into his mouth. What great facility in the use of imagery to convey the monster that he was. The swans' happiness vexed him; he was going to kill his wife so the pair of swans must also be ripped asunder. What a great visual depiction of the cruelty of Henry 8th without using a single word. See, this is why I loved this series despite its historical inaccuracies and bad casting choices.

I also adored the martyrdom of Thomas Moore. I thought it was done very well and Northam acquitted himself majestically. His fearlessness which flowed from his Faith is borne out by the historical record,"You do me the greatest service any human being has ever done for another." His sufferings and temptations to recant are depicted well. Frain's Cromwell is not delineated as a cartoon villain as in Anne Of A Thousand Days, he is a complex characterization full of ambivalence. Not just a silly embodiment of ambition as you see in so many films depicting the period. In Rhys Meyer's defense, he may be small but he could relay gravitas in his actions. I thought he carried himself with grace and power in many scenes. Being only partly English, I cannot speak for how they felt about the show. I, as an American, thought I learned plenty about their rituals: dining, religious and Feudal. There are many scenes of visual skill in this series. The death of Catherine Howard is heartbreaking she was such a little girl; who will ever forget her standing there in her urine, terrified, speaking as the child she was,"Life is so beautiful." This has always been the paradox of Michael Hirst. His historical liberties are equaled by his visual dexterity in giving great powerful imagery that stays with you forever.

Sam Neil was so great here as the corrupt Cardinal Wolsey. I read plenty of criticism for this show. I have always loved it and forgiven it its flaws. The sex and violence are requisites to get modern audiences to watch it. Please, I love I Claudius, but would this generation watch it? There are pivotal moments in historical time that Hirst has brought beautifully to the screen. I always felt I was in their world with its social and feudal rituals. The death of Boleyn and Moore's martyrdom alone are worth owning this collection for. I understand the English peoples' anger at having one of their great Kings played by a tiny man a ghost of Henry's powerful figure. Yes, Waddington would have been perfect, but for all of its flaws it was a moving, intense experience. I still watch it to this day. Q.E.D.


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