A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.

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 King Henry VIII (38 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Charles Brandon (38 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Ambassador Bishop Chapuys / ... (25 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Thomas Cromwell (25 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Mary Tudor (23 episodes, 2008-2010)
Guy Carleton ...
 Chamberlain (23 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Anne Boleyn (21 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Edward Seymour (21 episodes, 2008-2010)
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 Thomas Boleyn (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Richard Rich / ... (19 episodes, 2008-2010)
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 Queen Catherine of Aragon (18 episodes, 2007-2010)
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 Bishop Gardiner (17 episodes, 2009-2010)
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 George Boleyn (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Sir Thomas More (16 episodes, 2007-2010)
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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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Lover. Warrior. Rebel. King. Prepare for reign. See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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1 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Die Tudors  »

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Peter O'Toole's scenes were all filmed in a week. See more »

Goofs

Katherine of Aragon had gold hair and fair skin and was not nearly as dark as she is portrayed in the series. See more »

Quotes

Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: The King commands that you surrender this whole matter into his hands. Otherwise, the court will condemn you.
Queen Katherine: I am surprised to receive such a request from such a wise and noble man as you. I am but a poor woman, lacking in both wit and understanding. How am I supposed to respond to such a request made to me out of the blue?
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: You know perfectly well what the King desires and what he shall have.
Queen Katherine: All I know, Eminence, is that you, for your own purposes, have kindled this fire. All this time, all ...
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Spoofed in Dexter: Practically Perfect (2010) See more »

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Absolutely loved it! completely enthralling
11 January 2011 | by (United States) – See 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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