Starring: Jonathan Rhys-Meyers , Sam Neill
Directed by: Steve Shill , Ciaran Donnelly
Produced by: Gary Howsam
Written by: Michael Hirst
Meet King Henry VIII while he’s still young and sexy! Like a privileged court guest, you’ll weave your way through bodice-ripping escapades and stealthy court intrigues.
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Meet King Henry VIII while he’s still young and sexy! Like a
privileged court guest, you’ll weave your way through bodice-ripping escapades
and stealthy court intrigues. As the king grows in power and arrogance, the
queen fails to produce an heir, and beautiful Anne Boleyn rebuffs advances.
Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Alexander)
as the frustrated monarch, Natalie Dormer (Casanova)
as Anne Boleyn and Sam Neill (
Recommended for mature viewers.
Episode 1 - King
Henry VIII, the young and ambitious monarch of
Episode 2 -
Allegiances shift at home and abroad. Despite extravagant claims of loyalty to
Episode 3 - A new
and important ally sweeps into Henry's court in the form of Charles V, the most
powerful man in
Episode 4 - While Henry is named "Defender of the Faith" by a Pope grateful for his spiritual and political loyalty, fidelity is scarce in Henry's court. His sister, Princess Margaret, marries the decrepit King of Portugal, only to murder him soon after and returns to the lustful arms of Charles Brandon. The Duke of Norfolk and Sir Thomas Boleyn continue to conspire against Cardinal Wolsey. And the King grows ever more enamored of Anne Boleyn. His increasing disinterest in his Queen, and the realization that he still hasn't produced a legitimate heir to the Tudor dynasty, conjure an urgent desire for radical action.
Episode 5 - Henry
is a king of passion and perseverance. Efforts at alliances — both personal and
political — face setbacks, but the King remains undeterred. When his ally,
Emperor Charles V, releases Francis I, their mutual enemy, from prison, he is
stunned — but resolves to redirect his European ambitions. And when Anne Boleyn
is insulted by his offer to make her his sole and unique mistress, it merely
redoubles his passion and resolve to one day marry her. However, his separation
from the most powerful political figure in
Episode 6 - Personal and political allegiances continue to change in Henry's court. The King grows ever more confident in his role as monarch and more enamored of the young Anne Boleyn. Despite Cardinal Wolsey's influence and efforts — and much to the frustration of the King — the Catholic Church seems unable to make progress in Henry's petition for a divorce. This adds to the growing discomfort of the increasingly vulnerable Wolsey.
Episode 7 - Dark
days for Tudor England. The mysterious sweating sickness, almost always fatal
to those who catch it, runs rampant. A food shortage adds to the suffering.
Henry's natural optimism and energy take a beating as the King's confidence
gives way to doubt and delusions. But after darkness comes light. The plague
begins to disappear and the King receives news that his mistress, Anne Boleyn,
has miraculously survived. Even better, an envoy of Pope Clement is on his way
Episode 8 - Pope
Clement's special envoy arrives in
Episode 10 - Cardinal Wolsey is down but not yet out. Although exiled, he tries to gather last-minute support from his old enemy, Queen Katherine. She hesitantly agrees to his plan, as she finds herself in a situation similar to that of the fallen Cardinal. But their plot is intercepted by the King's new advisors and Wolsey must pay the ultimate price.
|King Henry VIII||---||Jonathan Rhys-Meyers|
|Cardinal Thomas Wolsey||---||Sam Neill|
|Sir Thomas More||---||Jeremy Northam|
|Princess Margaret Tudor||---||Gabrielle Anwar|
|Anthony Knivert||---||Callum Blue|
|Charles Brandon||---||Henry Cavill|
|Thomas Howard||---||Henry Czerny|
|Anne Boleyn||---||Natalie Dormer|
|Queen Katherine of Aragon||---||Maria Doyle Kennedy|
|Sir Thomas Boleyn||---||Nick Dunning|
|Thomas Cromwell||---||James Frain|
|William Compton||---||Kris Holden-Reid|
|Edward Stafford||---||Steven Waddington|
Written by Michael Hirst
Directed by Steve Shill, Ciaran Donnelly, Brian Kirk, Alison Maclean,Charles MacDougal
Produced by Gary Howsam, James Flynn
Executive Produced by Steve Shill, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Michael Hirst
Original Music by Trevor Morris
Cinematography by Ousama Rawi
Film Editing by Wendy Hallam martin, Lisa Grootenboer
Emmy Awards ®
2007 –Outstanding Costumes for a Series – Joan Bergin, Ger Scully, Jessica O’Leary
2007 –Outstanding Original Main Title theme Music – Trevor Morris
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