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

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Michael Hirst
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers ...  King Henry VIII 38 episodes, 2007-2010
Henry Cavill ...  Charles Brandon 38 episodes, 2007-2010
Anthony Brophy ...  Ambassador Bishop Chapuys / ... 24 episodes, 2007-2010
James Frain ...  Thomas Cromwell 24 episodes, 2007-2010
Sarah Bolger ...  Mary Tudor 23 episodes, 2008-2010
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 14 episodes, 2007-2008
Jeremy Northam ...  Sir Thomas More 15 episodes, 2007-2010
Emma Hamilton ...  Anne Stanhope 15 episodes, 2009-2010
Jane Brennan ...  Lady Margaret Bryan / ... 15 episodes, 2008-2010
Jamie Thomas King ...  Thomas Wyatt 14 episodes, 2007-2008
Joanne King Joanne King ...  Lady Rochford / ... 14 episodes, 2008-2010
Rebekah Wainwright ...  Catherine / ... 14 episodes, 2007-2009
Frank McCusker ...  Risley 13 episodes, 2009-2010
Andrew McNair Andrew McNair ...  Thomas Seymour 13 episodes, 2009-2010
John Kavanagh ...  Cardinal Campeggio 11 episodes, 2007-2008
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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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Lover. Warrior. Rebel. King. Prepare for reign. See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Gillian Anderson was considered for the role of Katherine Parr before producers settled on Joely Richardson. See more »

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In establishing shots introducing scenes in the Vatican St Peter's Basilica is shown complete. The dome of St Peter's was not completed until 1590, over 50 years after the time the series is set and over 20 years after Michaelangelo (who also appears) died. It may be that the producers decided to show the complete basilica in these establishing shots to make it recognizable to the audience. See more »

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[after having caught Charles having sex with his daughter, Anna]
Duke of Buckingham: What's this? Brandon!
Charles Brandon: It's what it looks like, Your Grace.
Duke of Buckingham: [livid] You violated my daughter!
Charles Brandon: No, no. She begged.
[pulls out sword threateningly and holds it to Charles' throat]
Duke of Buckingham: You've taken her honor!
Charles Brandon: [smiling amusingly] I swear to your grace, someone else was there before me.
Duke of Buckingham: [while holding his sword to Charles' throat] You son of a whore.
Charles Brandon: [smirking] Yes, that is true, Your Grace.
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Performed by Evanescence
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Exciting, but founders on miscast Henry & historical inaccuracy
25 April 2007 | by reesiegSee all my reviews

I'm glad to see Showtime taking on the Tudor era, even if they are doing it because Henry's life is a tabloid-seller's dream come true, and our culture is tabloid-obsessed.

I love the casting of Jeremy Northam (Sir Thomas More) and Sam Neill (Cardinal Wolsey).

I read an earlier comment after I had already expressed the following thought elsewhere, and I completely agree -- Steven Waddington (Buckingham) would have been a better Henry VIII - he's bigger (he properly fills the screen, which in various shots J R-M painfully cannot, either in height or breadth); red-haired (as Henry was); and a POWERFUL, mesmerizing actor who's a better age for the part. (J R-M's eyes are riveting, but that's not enough for the part b/c at this stage of Henry's life, his fame was largely due to his physical dominance, learning & musical skill.) Showtime seems to be trying to appeal to a VERY young, VH-1 audience with the J R-M casting. Or, as they suggest, to people who don't know the story.

That's my second issue - don't suggest in the ads that you're going to tell the REAL story when you're not. Some dramatic license is expected (like flipping France for Portgual b/c they introduced Francis I early on) but there is no GOOD excuse for making a composite of Henry's sisters by telling Princess Mary Rose Tudor's story, but calling the character Princess Margaret, which was her older sister's name.

The real Margaret had a dramatic story, too -- and she's got the line to the current royal family through her great-granddaughter, Mary, Queen of Scots -- but they lost the chance to tell that by combining the sisters. Presumably they did it b/c they thought the audience was so dumb that we couldn't handle Henry's daughter and sister both being named Mary. Too bad.


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1 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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