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The Six Wives of Henry VIII 

A six-episode dramatization of Henry VIII's relationships with each of his six wives. Each episode is devoted to one wife, and is a complete play in itself.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Keith Michell ...  Henry VIII 6 episodes, 1970
Anthony Quayle ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 1970
Patrick Troughton ...  Duke of Norfolk 5 episodes, 1970
Bernard Hepton ...  Archbishop Thomas Cranmer 4 episodes, 1970
Sheila Burrell Sheila Burrell ...  Lady Rochford 3 episodes, 1970
Basil Dignam ...  Bishop Gardiner 3 episodes, 1970
Wolfe Morris Wolfe Morris ...  Thomas Cromwell 3 episodes, 1970
Angela Pleasence ...  Catherine Howard 2 episodes, 1970
Anne Stallybrass Anne Stallybrass ...  Jane Seymour 2 episodes, 1970
Dorothy Tutin ...  Anne Boleyn 2 episodes, 1970
Daniel Moynihan ...  Edward Seymour (Lord Hertford) 2 episodes, 1970
John Ronane John Ronane ...  Thomas Seymour 2 episodes, 1970
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ...  Will Somers 2 episodes, 1970
Patrick Godfrey ...  Sir Thomas Wriothesley 2 episodes, 1970
Alison Frazer Alison Frazer ...  Princess Mary 2 episodes, 1970
Edward Atienza Edward Atienza ...  Eustache Chapuys 2 episodes, 1970
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A six-episode dramatization of Henry VIII's relationships with each of his six wives. Each episode is devoted to one wife, and is a complete play in itself.

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King Henry VIII was famous for his insatiable appetite. At table. And at the altar. A man of incontestable will, his pursuit of pleasure and a suitable heir ultimately led him to separate church from state, and wife from head. In a series of six dramatic specials, the man and the turbulent age he dominated spring vividly to life. Seen through the eyes of the women who aroused his passion and suffered his displeasure. Keith Michell stars as Henry. See more »

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Drama | History | Romance

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die sechs Frauen Heinrich VIII See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Keith Michell (King Henry VIII) and Bernard Hepton (Archbishop Thomas Cranmer) are the only actors to reprise their roles in Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972). See more »

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outstanding piece of TV drama
2 July 2007 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This series - and can you imagine the BBC financing and supporting a nine-hour historical drama series these days? - focuses on one of the six wives each episode, an interesting approach which comes off better in some instalments than others. Still, what is here is excellent - and far better than the ridiculously truncated film which followed a few years later.

Keith Michell as Henry. What more can I add to the praise which has already been put forward? He is excellent in every episode; we see Henry as a complex character who at times can cause us to sympathise with his predicament. The writing of this series is tight and believable, and the supporting characters are solid. This always helps move a series along when many supporting players are there throughout. Of particular note are Patrick Troughton as Norfolk, Bernard Hepton as Cranmer, and Sheila Burrell as Lady Rochford.

Of the six wives, all are excellent in their own ways. Katherine of Aragon's story is rushed, but Annette Crosbie does her best and is both memorable and pathetic ... Dorothy Tutin as Anne Boleyn is more fiery but the trial scene is truly regal and gives a different perspective ... Anne Stallybrass as Jane Seymour is sweet, pious, and just a little bit cunning (and that episode, largely in flashback as Jane lies sick to death at her son's christening, is well done) ... Elvi Hale as Anne of Cleves is extremely convincing, and her episode is full of intrigue ... Catherine Howard, as played by Angela Pleasance, is all gloss and no substance, but you still feel for her as she goes headlong to her fate without recognition ... and Rosalie Crutchley as Katharine Parr is a dull old crow in black, widow of old men, who at first resents her lot and then comes to respect and love the sick king.

This series really is remarkable. I would never get bored watching it - and eventually, it led to another top-class BBC drama, Elizabeth R, using some of the same cast and moving the story through the reigns of Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I herself.


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