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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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Cast

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 ...  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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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This mini-series was adapted into Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972), in which Angela Pleasence's father Donald Pleasence played Henry VIII's Chief Minister Thomas Cromwell. See more »

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Version of The Tudors: His Majesty's Pleasure (2008) See more »

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Excellent and accurate portrayal of Henry VIII's life
25 March 2002 | by dirkgambitSee all my reviews

I have seen this series many times and enjoy it immensely every time I see it. I have read a number of biographies of Henry VII and this series is the most accurate portrayal of Henry VIII I have seen, making him a sympathetic character in spite of the way he treated some of his wives (in contrast, "The Private Life of Henry VIII," with Charles Laughton as Henry, is absolutely ludicrous in its portrayal of Henry and his wives). Watching this series gives one a good understanding of how a king could go through six wives, having two of them executed and one driven to an early death through mistreatment. Yet he is never exactly hero or villain, he is portrayed as a human being, who only once went into a marriage that was not for love, and quickly got out of it (through annulment). Anyone who is interested in the history of England's monarchy should enjoy this series. And a good follow up series is "Elizabeth R", with Glenda Jackson playing the title role (quite excellently).


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