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The Shadow of the Tower 

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A series of dramas by various writers recording the key events in the reign of Henry Tudor and his founding of the Tudor Dynasty
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Series cast summary:
James Maxwell ...  Henry VII / ... 13 episodes, 1972
Norma West ...  Elizabeth of York / ... 8 episodes, 1972
Hugh Sullivan Hugh Sullivan ...  Earl of Oxford 7 episodes, 1972
Denis Carey Denis Carey ...  Cardinal Morton / ... 6 episodes, 1972
Marigold Sharman Marigold Sharman ...  Margaret Beaufort 6 episodes, 1972
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A series of dramas by various writers recording the key events in the reign of Henry Tudor and his founding of the Tudor Dynasty

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James Maxwell (Henry VII) was the only actor to appear in all thirteen episodes of the series. See more »

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Remake of Tower of London: The Innocent (1969) See more »

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Not your usual Tudor drama
25 September 2019 | by johnboescoulthardSee all my reviews

Impossible to imagine being made now, The Shadow of the Tower is a deep and insightful look at the Tudor era's least remembered ruler and its founder: Henry VII. The writing is always engaging even in the weaker episodes and there is a great eye for historical detail. Some episodes rise even higher than the rest, particulary those written by Hugh Whitemore. I see many reviewers here accuse the show of bad acting. I cannot understand that. Some minor roles are of course, but then I can't imagine what these people would make of more recent shows like the Tudors. I am sure nobody thinks that of James Maxwell who is obviously the stand out in portraying a compassionate, fair ruler who is occasionally conflicted but is also highly intelligent. Where it works in history it perhaps fails in drama. It is really a dramatised documentary though probably more accurate than most. I think a lot of people would find it dull. The history is what it is interested in, however, and there is not a wasted word as far as I am concerned. Henry's reign may not on the surface be especially dramatic compared to others but it was actually poised on a very interesting turning point in the shift from the Middle Ages to the Modern Age.

I would recommend to anyone interested in history and the episode "The Serpent and the Comforter" works great as a standalone.


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6 January 1972 (UK) See more »

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