The Tudors (2007–2010)
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Destiny and Fortune 

Anne goes to her death continuing to pronounce her innocence and that of the accused men.

Director:

Jon Amiel

Writers:

Michael Hirst (creator), Michael Hirst
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... King Henry VIII
Henry Cavill ... Charles Brandon
Natalie Dormer ... Anne Boleyn
Nick Dunning ... Thomas Boleyn
James Frain ... Thomas Cromwell
Jamie Thomas King ... Thomas Wyatt
Hans Matheson ... Thomas Cranmer
Sarah Bolger ... Mary Tudor
Stephen Brennan ... John Seymour
Anita Briem ... Jane Seymour
Max Brown ... Edward Seymour
Anthony Brophy ... Chapuys
Rebekah Wainwright ... Catherine
David Browne David Browne ... Brandon's son
Paul Meade Paul Meade ... Chaimberlain (Hatfield)
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Storyline

May 1536, Henry hopes Anne Boleyn's beheading and marriage annulment will allow an anti-French alliance with the emperor. Eager for a 'renaissance', Henry can't even await the arrival of the reputed executioner from Calais to 'ask' Jane's father John Seymour for her hand. She asks him to reinstate princess Mary as heir. Charles Brandon enjoys fatherhood and tells Thomas Boleyn he may leave court, stripped of everything. Anne confesses haughtily but dies graciously. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Country:

UK | Ireland | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

The royal apartment in the Tower, where Anne stayed awaiting her coronation, was the same one she stayed in just prior to her execution three years later. See more »

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Quotes

John Seymour: [Seeing Jane kiss the King] Everything will change for her. That kiss is her destiny and fortune.
Edward Seymour: ...and ours!
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Connections

Version of Jane Seymour and Henry VIII of England (1912) See more »

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The Tudors Main Title Theme
Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris
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The exceptional episode
31 January 2014 | by Laurence_the_parrotSee all my reviews

I saw The Tudors series when it was first shown and for me Destiny and Fortune was the stand out episode. I resaw this episode last night and still consider this to be exceptional television of the highest order.

It has a different feel to the other episodes in being more contemplative and subtle than the others. Jon Amiel as director lifted this episode from being good drama to something approaching greatness.

Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn is extraordinarily good in this episode and towers above all the other actors in this episode though George Irving as Sir William Kingston (the Constable at the Tower of London) does a fine job.

The episode deals with the last hours of Anne Boleyn's life leading to her execution. The execution itself is portrayed, not as a blood splattered beheading, but something deeply moving and tragic, and almost beautiful in its elegance.

The series as a whole carries a 15 certificate in the UK. This episode would be closer to a PG.


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