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The Tudors 

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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:

Sex. Intrigue. Excess. Treachery. Power. Obsession. Murder. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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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

Creator Michael Hirst wrote every episode of the series. See more »

Goofs

Katherine of Aragon had gold hair and fair skin and was not nearly as dark as she is portrayed in the series. See more »

Quotes

[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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Lacrymosa
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Unparalled and thoroughly mesmerising
3 April 2011 | by followmyartsSee all my reviews

I think "The Tudors" is the best television I've watched in a long time. Interesting that it was a collaboration between Irish and Canadian TV, maybe that's why the BBC didn't give it more of a profile? I disagree with the approach taken by the other reviewers - it is a DRAMA and never purported to be an accurate historical documentary, so my advice is to understand that first and enjoy it as it was meant to be enjoyed. The acting is superlative from everyone with the exception perhaps of Joely Richardson whom I've never "got" anyway - too colourless and divorced from the part. Tamsin Merchant as Catherine Howard gave a consistently outstanding performance, and all credit to such a young actress. Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII was absolutely excellent throughout, he thoroughly owned the character and delivered with incredible passion and conviction. (And yes, he was extremely pleasing to the eye unlike H8 - so what?). I would also like to praise the production itself, the incredible and spellbinding direction, the lavish sets and opulent costumes and not least of all the music which I am now intent on buying.


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