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A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.

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Michael Hirst
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 49 wins & 78 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ...  King Henry VIII 38 episodes, 2007-2010
Henry Cavill ...  Charles Brandon 38 episodes, 2007-2010
Anthony Brophy ...  Ambassador Bishop Chapuys / ... 25 episodes, 2007-2010
James Frain ...  Thomas Cromwell 25 episodes, 2007-2010
Sarah Bolger ...  Mary Tudor 23 episodes, 2008-2010
Guy Carleton Guy Carleton ...  Chamberlain 23 episodes, 2007-2010
Natalie Dormer ...  Anne Boleyn 21 episodes, 2007-2010
Max Brown ...  Edward Seymour 21 episodes, 2008-2010
Nick Dunning ...  Thomas Boleyn 20 episodes, 2007-2008
Rod Hallett ...  Richard Rich / ... 19 episodes, 2008-2010
Maria Doyle Kennedy ...  Queen Catherine of Aragon 18 episodes, 2007-2010
Simon Ward ...  Bishop Gardiner 17 episodes, 2009-2010
Pádraic Delaney ...  George Boleyn 16 episodes, 2007-2008
Jeremy Northam ...  Sir Thomas More 16 episodes, 2007-2010
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Storyline

This costume drama features England's splendid Renaissance dynasty under King Henry VIII. Beginning in Season 1 when Henry VIII was growing desperate for an heir and growing distant from his first wife, the series moves quickly to the period when Anne Boleyn became his obsession. During this time Cardinal Wolsey rose to become the power behind his throne, ruling ruthlessly and nearly absolutely while Henry (played by Johnathon Rhys Meyers) for the most part followed the Cardinal's advice, maneuvering through a series of betrayals and plots against him. When Anne Boleyn plays much harder to get than any woman ever has, Henry begins to search for a way out of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, so that he can make Anne his wife. Needing a divorce, Henry turns to Wolsey, who promises to help him create waves of backlash from the church, as well as the Spanish Habsburg dynasty and its overseas empire. Against this background gyrate the private lives and political intrigues of several ... Written by KGF Vissers and Ayla Slessor

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Taglines:

It's Good to Be King. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

SHOWTIME

Country:

Ireland | Canada | USA | UK

Release Date:

1 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Tudors See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Time Periods by Season Season 1 covers 1518 - 1530 Season 2 covers 1532 - 1536 Season 3 covers 1536 - 1540 Season 4 covers 1540 - 1547 See more »

Goofs

As the series is set between 1491 and 1547, the fiddler is a major anachronism for several reasons. His instrument appears to be a Stradivarius design, the basis for most modern violins. Antonio Stradivari was born in 1644. The violin was held against the chest or stomach, not under the chin, until the 18th century. Finally, violin bows looked like small archery bows until the 19th century, when Francois Tourte invented the reverse curve bow. See more »

Quotes

Queen Katherine: You have not answered my nephew's letters.
King Henry VIII: Just because your nephew's the King of Spain. Does he think I have nothing better to do?
Queen Katherine: You know he advises you to sign a treaty with the Emperor, recognizing France as our mutual enemy. He also advises you not to heed everything Wolsey tells you, because Wolsey is so biased with the French.
King Henry VIII: Since when are you a diplomat?
Queen Katherine: I am my father's daughter.
King Henry VIII: [Grabbing Katherine tightly by her wrist] You are my WIFE. You are not my Minister, you are not my ...
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Connections

Version of The Tudors: Natural Ally (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Lacrymosa
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Performed by Evanescence
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User Reviews

 
Simply Beautiful!
5 February 2009 | by zoebruce99See all my reviews

The Tudors is about as close to perfection as a show of its genre can get. I understand people may argue that there are many historical inaccuracies but these become irrelevant when you realise the quality of the sets, scripts and not to forget the incredible acting.

I also think that the costume department also deserve an enormous amount of credit for designing royal attire that would have been fit for any Tudor King or Queen. As soon as you see the women walk out in their gorgeous dresses and the men in their traditional Tudor dress you are pulled into the world of Henry V111's court, a world, which thanks to this beautifully made show, I would never want to leave.


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