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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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It's Good to Be King. See more »

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Alan Van Sprang and Torrance Coombs were both in this as well as Reign (2013) which takes place shortly after the death of Henry VIII. Sprang plays King Henry II of France while Coombs plays Bash his bastard son. See more »

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In the series, Thomas Wyatt has an on-again/off-again relationship with Queen Catherine's lady-in-waiting. In real life, Wyatt married Elizabeth Brooke, daughter of Thomas Brooke, 8th Baron Cobham, in 1520. However, there is historical evidence that the real Wyatt was infatuated with Anne Boleyn, as shown in the series. See more »

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Queen Katherine: [as Katherine is called upon to testify, she falls to her knees at Henry's feet] My Lord. Sir. I beseech you, for all the love that has been between us, let me have justice and right. Give me some pity and compassion, for I am a poor woman, and a stranger, born out of your dominion. I have no friend here, and little counsel. I flee to you as head of justice in this realm. I call to God and all the world to witness that I have been to you a true, humble, and obedient wife, ever comfortable to ...
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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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