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

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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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King Takes All. See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Trivia

There are a surprising number of significant characters in The Tudors named Thomas. These include Thomas Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cramner, Thomas Wyatt, Thomas Tallis, Thomas Cromwell, Thomas Culpeper and Thomas Seymour. Plus Thomas Seymour's son Thomas, fathered during his affair with his brother's wife. See more »

Goofs

There is no historical record that Margaret Tudor married (and/or murdered) the King of Portugal. She did married James IV of Scotland and became Queen of Scotland. See more »

Quotes

King Henry VIII: I have no heir. The Tudor Dynasty, all my father's work, finished, and it's MY fault!
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Connections

Version of The Tudors: The Act of Treason (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Lacrymosa
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Performed by Evanescence
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Unparalled and thoroughly mesmerising
3 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

I think "The Tudors" is the best television I've watched in a long time. Interesting that it was a collaboration between Irish and Canadian TV, maybe that's why the BBC didn't give it more of a profile? I disagree with the approach taken by the other reviewers - it is a DRAMA and never purported to be an accurate historical documentary, so my advice is to understand that first and enjoy it as it was meant to be enjoyed. The acting is superlative from everyone with the exception perhaps of Joely Richardson whom I've never "got" anyway - too colourless and divorced from the part. Tamsin Merchant as Catherine Howard gave a consistently outstanding performance, and all credit to such a young actress. Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII was absolutely excellent throughout, he thoroughly owned the character and delivered with incredible passion and conviction. (And yes, he was extremely pleasing to the eye unlike H8 - so what?). I would also like to praise the production itself, the incredible and spellbinding direction, the lavish sets and opulent costumes and not least of all the music which I am now intent on buying.


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