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


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Series cast summary:
 King Henry VIII (38 episodes, 2007-2010)
 Charles Brandon (38 episodes, 2007-2010)
 Ambassador Bishop Chapuys / ... (25 episodes, 2007-2010)
 Thomas Cromwell (24 episodes, 2007-2009)
 Mary Tudor (23 episodes, 2008-2010)
Guy Carleton ...
 Chamberlain (23 episodes, 2007-2010)
 Anne Boleyn (21 episodes, 2007-2010)
 Edward Seymour (21 episodes, 2008-2010)
 Thomas Boleyn (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
 Richard Rich / ... (19 episodes, 2008-2010)
 Queen Catherine of Aragon (18 episodes, 2007-2010)
 Bishop Gardiner (17 episodes, 2009-2010)
 George Boleyn (16 episodes, 2007-2008)


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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1 April 2007 (USA)  »

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In the series, Charles Brandon's fourth wife, Catherine Brook, is depicted as a Catholic and supporter of Catherine of Aragon. In real life, her name was Catherine Willoughby and she was a Protestant and strong supporter of Anne Boleyn. She even fled England during Mary's reign for fear of persecution. See more »


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 »


King Henry VIII: [to Wolsey] I want a divorce, and you will get one for me.
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Exciting, but founders on miscast Henry & historical inaccuracy
25 April 2007 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I'm glad to see Showtime taking on the Tudor era, even if they are doing it because Henry's life is a tabloid-seller's dream come true, and our culture is tabloid-obsessed.

I love the casting of Jeremy Northam (Sir Thomas More) and Sam Neill (Cardinal Wolsey).

I read an earlier comment after I had already expressed the following thought elsewhere, and I completely agree -- Steven Waddington (Buckingham) would have been a better Henry VIII - he's bigger (he properly fills the screen, which in various shots J R-M painfully cannot, either in height or breadth); red-haired (as Henry was); and a POWERFUL, mesmerizing actor who's a better age for the part. (J R-M's eyes are riveting, but that's not enough for the part b/c at this stage of Henry's life, his fame was largely due to his physical dominance, learning & musical skill.) Showtime seems to be trying to appeal to a VERY young, VH-1 audience with the J R-M casting. Or, as they suggest, to people who don't know the story.

That's my second issue - don't suggest in the ads that you're going to tell the REAL story when you're not. Some dramatic license is expected (like flipping France for Portgual b/c they introduced Francis I early on) but there is no GOOD excuse for making a composite of Henry's sisters by telling Princess Mary Rose Tudor's story, but calling the character Princess Margaret, which was her older sister's name.

The real Margaret had a dramatic story, too -- and she's got the line to the current royal family through her great-granddaughter, Mary, Queen of Scots -- but they lost the chance to tell that by combining the sisters. Presumably they did it b/c they thought the audience was so dumb that we couldn't handle Henry's daughter and sister both being named Mary. Too bad.

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