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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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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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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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It's Good to Be King. See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Official Sites:

SHOWTIME

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Ireland | Canada | USA | UK

Release Date:

1 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tudors See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In the Tudors, Sarah Bolger plays Lady Mary Tudor whom at one brief point of her life unsuccessfully courts Duke Philip of Bavaria. The Duke is played by irish actor Colin O'Donoghue. In 2011 Sarah Bolger makes guest appeareances on Once Upon a Time playing Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) whose prince charming is also named Philip. Irish actor Colin O'Donoghue also joins the Once Upon a Time cast as Captain Hook. See more »

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White was not worn at weddings until Queen Victoria's times. See more »

Quotes

Queen Katherine: I am so glad to see you. It is often lonely here.
Charles V: Lonely?
Queen Katherine: Things are not well between us. His Majesty and I.
Charles V: But... I saw with my own eyes how attentive he is to you. He looks at you with such devotion, it seems. With such love.
Queen Katherine: I fear that is for your benefit. Henry is a good masquer. I think sometimes that he will ask me for a divorce.
Charles V: A divorce? No, that's impossible.
Queen Katherine: [Glances towards Henry as he crosses paths with Anne Boleyn once more] Is it?
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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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