Henry VIII is a proud and wilful monarch who defies Rome's ban on divorce to marry his mistress Anne Boleyn. Cardinal Wolsey, the Powerful Lord Chancellor of England, attempts to bend Rome to the king's wishes in the matter of the divorce of Catherine of Aragon so he can marry Anne Boleyn. Later, near death, he repents his unpriestly activity. After Henry divorces her, Catherine is sent to Kimbolton Castle. Anne marries Henry and becomes his queen.
25 April 1979 (USA)
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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Henry VIII
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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Shooting on-location had several benefits. The camera could be set up in such a way as to show ceilings, something which cannot be done when shooting in a television studio, as rooms are ceilingless to facilitate lighting. Also, the episode was shot in the winter, and on several occasions, cast members' breath can be seen, something which was also impossible to achieve in the studio. However, because of the cost, logistics, and planning required for shooting on-location, Cedric Messina
decided that all subsequent productions would be done in-studio, a decision which did not go down well with several of the directors lined up for work on the second season. See more