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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 »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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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

Maria Doyle Kennedy (Siobhan Sadler) and James Frain(Ferdinand Chevalier) also worked together on Orphan Black (2013). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

Featured in Great TV Mistakes (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Lacrymosa
(Theme)
Performed by Evanescence
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User Reviews

 
Absolutely loved it! completely enthralling
11 January 2011 | by huntreilly25See all my reviews

I absolutely loved this show! It got me completely fascinated with that time period. Obviously there are people who say that it embellishes too much but its Television and it is meant to entertain, and it does that perfectly! and truth be told, it really doesn't take too many liberties. I've seen shows and movies do way worse. I found myself constantly having numerous web pages open checking up on facts and what happened and I was often surprised at the things they included. Absolutely stunning show and I believe it does a great service to the time period. Don't be discouraged by the very few bad reviews. It's a must watch!


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