The Tudors (2007–2010)
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The Act of Treason 

As Jane Seymour's fortunes rise, Anne's fall. Several of those close to her including her brother are tortured into confessing treason and beheaded.

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
David Alpay ... Mark Smeaton
Stephen Brennan ... John Seymour
Anita Briem ... Jane Seymour
Max Brown ... Edward Seymour
Pádraic Delaney ... George Boleyn
James Gilbert ... William Brereton
Anthony Brophy ... Chapuys
Clive Geraghty Clive Geraghty ... King's Physician
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Storyline

Jane Seymour's brother, Edward, is appointed a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber. Anne believes she can still marry off Elizabeth to France and repel the Seymours, but Cromwell is only following Royal orders to get rid of the Boleyns and switch to the imperial side, as her father Thomas senses. They believe to have triumphed when Henry refuses Chapuys's discrete alliance offer, but Cromwell tortures musician Mark Smeaton into a false confession of adultery with Anne. Brereton confesses to ensure the Queen's death, Sir Henry Norris and her own brother George Boleyn are equally found guilty and precede her beheading, only Thomas Wyatt is -wrongly- acquitted. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK | Ireland | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Just before the credits there are several flashes of images. They include two different period portraits of Henry VIII, one of Anne Boleyn shown twice, and a half-second of modern film of the Campanile of San Marco filmed in the Piazza of Venice, Italy (always shown right after Anne's portrait). The significance of a tower in Venice is never explained in the episode, although it may be an analogy to the Tower of London where Anne was eventually sent to. See more »

Goofs

When Queen Anne's alleged lovers were executed, after William Bereton and before Mark Smeaton was beheaded, the axe was shown to have fallen twice, making it six times. However, when the first one fell, you could see through the gap in the crowd there was actually no one on the block. Also, in actual fact, only five were executed that day, with only Francis Weston not shown on screen as he did not exist in the series. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Wyatt: These bloody days have broken my heart. My lust, my youth did them depart, And blind desire of estate. Who hastes to climb seeks to revert. Of truth, circa regna tonat.
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Connections

Version of The Tudors: Death of a Monarchy (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Tudors Main Title Theme
Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris
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