The year is now 1501 and Henry is now finally secure on the throne with his promising son Arthur about to marry Catherine of Aragon, however in the shadows tragic events are lying in wait for the King.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Maxwell ...
Norma West ...
Queen Elizabeth
Noel Johnson ...
Eric Dodson ...
Sir Richard Guildford
Barrie Cookson ...
Bishop Fox
Hugh Sullivan ...
Felicity Gibson ...
Lady Courtenay
Mary Kenton ...
Lady Stafford
Adrienne Byrne ...
Jason Kemp ...
Lord Arthur, Prince of Wales
Margot Van der Burgh ...
Doña Elvira (as Margot Van Der Burgh)
Lockwood West ...
The King's Confessor
Harry Davis ...
Sergeant Painter
Andrew Burleigh ...
Prince Henry


Henry is very pleased with his son Arthur's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. She is personable, apparently clever, and carries a large dowry. Arthur is especially pleased with his new bride. Henry encourages the young couple to visit Wales, but unfortunately the young Prince of Wales falls victim to the "sweating sickness" and dies within two days. Henry and Elizabeth are shattered by the death.The royal couple try to have an additional son, but the new child, their sixth, is a girl. Elizabeth contracts a post-natal infection and dies leaving a forlorn Henry. After unsuccessfully lobbying to marry his son's young widow, the Spanish agree to allow her to marry the King's last surviving son, the future Henry VIII. Written by

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Release Date:

30 March 1972 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Arthur died in 1502. After Queen Elizabeth in 1503, Henry made several unsuccessful attempts to marry. He didn't die until 1509 of tuberculosis. See more »


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