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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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2010   2009   2008   2007  
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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Sex. Intrigue. Excess. Treachery. Power. Obsession. Murder. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

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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:

The 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

Maria Doyle Kennedy (Queen Catherine of Aragon) and Kris Holden-Ried (William Compton) have both worked with actress Ksenia Solo. Maria worked with her in the TV show 'Orphan Black', playing Siobhan Sadler and Shay Davydov respectively; Kris worked with her in the TV show 'Lost Girl' playing Dyson and Kenzi respectively. Both shows were filmed in and around Toronto, Ontario, Canada. See more »

Goofs

White was the mourning color of queens, not black. However, Spain's mourning colors were yellow and black. Katherine of Aragon wearing black is historically accurate. 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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Version of The Six Wives of Henry VIII (2001) See more »

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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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