The Tudors (2007–2010)
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Checkmate 

After Henry breaks all ties with the church and marries Anne, the Pope threatens him with excommunication and authorizes Anne's assassination.

Director:

Colm McCarthy

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
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Queen Catherine of Aragon
Nick Dunning ... Thomas Boleyn
James Frain ... Thomas Cromwell
Jamie Thomas King ... Thomas Wyatt
Hans Matheson ... Thomas Cranmer
Peter O'Toole ... Pope Paul III
Jeremy Northam ... Sir Thomas More
David Alpay ... Mark Smeaton
Sarah Bolger ... Mary Tudor
Pádraic Delaney ... George Boleyn
James Gilbert ... William Brereton
John Kavanagh ... Cardinal Campeggio
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Storyline

Henry destroys all ties with authority and the past. After many failed attempts to have his marriage to Katherine annulled by the Catholic Church, Henry's patience finally wears out and he marries Anne in secret, appoints his Lutheran chaplain Thomas Cranmer the head of the Church of England, and strips Katherine of her title and status of Queen. The king and new queen are disappointed that their first child is a girl, whom they christen Elizabeth. Written by Nicolettea

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Goofs

There is a citywide fireworks display that Lady Ann and her sister are watching. Fireworks were not used in large displays until the reign of Queen Elizabeth, about a hundred years later. See more »

Quotes

Pope Paul III: [Deciding on whether to approve Thomas Cranmer as Archbishop of Canterbury] We want to give the English Church the opportunity to return to its first allegiance, and our true faith. We want to please the King. We want to make him beholden to us. What better way to please him than to approve the appointment of a nobody? After all, what harm can a nobody inflict upon our Holy Church?
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The Tudors End Credits
Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris
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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland

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