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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)
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 Thomas Cromwell (24 episodes, 2007-2009)
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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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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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Sex. Intrigue. Excess. Treachery. Power. Obsession. Murder. See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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1 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Gillian Anderson was considered for the role of Katherine Parr before producers settled on Joely Richardson. See more »

Goofs

In establishing shots introducing scenes in the Vatican St Peter's Basilica is shown complete. The dome of St Peter's was not completed until 1590, over 50 years after the time the series is set and over 20 years after Michaelangelo (who also appears) died. It may be that the producers decided to show the complete basilica in these establishing shots to make it recognizable to the audience. See more »

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Queen Katherine: [to Anne Boleyn] I know what you are trying to do, but do not think to take the King away from me. Let him play with you. Let him give you gifts. But he cannot give you his true heart... for *I* have that in my keeping.
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Referenced in The Borgias (2011) See more »

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Well directed, Amazing music, and etc. Ignore the crybabies
24 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had finally come to review this show as I had been a fan since its creation. Before reviewing however, I had to read other user reviews, and I must say WOW. Really? Just really...? So many complaints because they tampered with a few historical facts. Henry had two sisters, clothing was not correct, bla bla bla. Get a life, or take a history course. Showtime is not obliged to bring us a perfect history lesson, nor should you cry about like some whiny child. It is really just stupid that you would give this show 1-3 stars because your having a hissy fit about history lessons, or to much nudity... Regarding that we were presented several beautiful ladies in a sensual way which I commend the director for his ability to deliver this. The show had amazing music, amazing characters, and while season three was the not the best. I would sit and watch it any day over some stupid reality show like The Biggest Loser. So if you want more trash like reality shows go ahead and keep dissing this amazing show. Maybe television will give you the trash you please, but for my sake I hope not. I really enjoyed this series. Just amazing considering most episodes could keep me at the edge of my seat regarding how long each one was. Ignore the crybabies and give this show a chance. If your like me and don't cry every time you don't see Henry's second sister, or the fact he is wearing the wrong shirt, or a breast is shown then you should really enjoy this show. Then again, I am appalled at the hate this show has received....


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