The Tudors (2007–2010)
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In Cold Blood 

King Henry VIII, the young and ambitious monarch of England, prepares for war with France but is dissuaded by the diplomatic manipulation of his powerful Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey, who proposes that the King sponsor a "Treaty of Universal Peace." The harmony of the King's domestic affairs is threatened, however, when he discovers that Elizabeth Blount, the young and beautiful ... See full summary »



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After the murder by Frenchmen of his uncle, the English ambassador in Urbino, one of the Itamian states being invaded by France, young Tudor king Henry VIII orders his council to prepare war on France. His de facto prime minister, cardinal Wolsey, obeys but actually prepares an alternative, a pan-European institutionalized peace, to Thomas More's humanist liking, and plots to be rewarded with the papacy. Meanwhile Henry, whose major sorrow is the lack of a son, enjoys life, especially jousting, hunting and games with duke Charles Brandon and adulterous love, which only adds to the hatred of men around the duke of Buckingham, who believes to be the true pretender to the throne. Written by KGF Vissers

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Maria Doyle Kennedy (Queen Catherine of Aragon) and Kris Holden-Ried (William Compton) have both worked with actress Ksenia Solo. Maria worked with her in the TV show 'Orphan Black', playing Siobhan Sadler and Shay Davydov respectively; Kris worked with her in the TV show 'Lost Girl' playing Dyson and Kenzi respectively. Both shows were filmed in and around Toronto, Ontario, Canada. See more »


Cardinal Thomas Wolsey is told in secret that Pope Alexander is near death. As part of the "negotiations" for peace between England and France, Wolesy is told that the French Cardinals will side with him during the conclave to elect a new Pope, virtually assuring Wolsey's seat on the Papal throne...provided he is able to persuade King Henry VIII to sign a Treaty of Universal Peace with the King of France, Francis I. In actuality, Pope Alexander VI died in 1503, six years before Henry VIII's succession to the English throne and twelve years before the reign of Francis I began in France. During this peace negotiation, which is said to have been in the year 1518, Leo X would have been Pope...not Alexander VI. See more »


Sir Thomas More: Do you really think we should go to war?
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: I think we should try to do as the King wants us to do.
Sir Thomas More: What if the King doesn't know what's in his best interests?
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: [smiling] Then we should help him decide.
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Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris
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Lackluster king keeps 'Tudors' from becoming a worthwhile investment
8 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

First and foremost, I am not a history buff. I know what was taught when I was in high school and little else. That said, I am judging this pilot episode of "The Tudors" based on its artistic merits and entertainment value alone, not its historical content. Those looking for comparisons to what actually happened are better off looking elsewhere.

"The Tudors" is one of many Showtime series to pop up recently in the network's attempt to become the next HBO. Some series have proved successful ("Masters of Horror", "Weeds", "Dexter") while others have floundered ("Huff", "The Underground"). Judging from the pilot episode, "The Tudors" falls somewhere in between quality wise. It's not groundbreaking like "Masters of Horror" or particularly original like "Dexter", but it's more competently written and produced than previous network dramas like "Huff". The main problem so far lies with the acting. While Jonathan Rhys Meyers doesn't leave a strong impression as King Henry VIII. He comes across as simply reciting lines rather than giving a performance. It appears as if he's playing King Henry VIII in a play rather than a television series. His co-stars fare much better. Sam Neill as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey is strong as always, underplaying nicely when necessary. If there is a reason to keep watching the series, it's Maria Doyle Kennedy as Queen Katherine. She portrays the role of the wife with just the right amount of compassion and frustration. It will be interesting to see how her relationship with Henry changes throughout the next few episodes, if I can stand to sit through them.

My rating: 5/10

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