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Masterpiece Episode: "Henry VIII"

Season 34, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Heads roll as “Henry VIII” storms his way through six wives in this bare-knuckled, two-part biography of the mercurial 16th-century tyrant. Ray Winstone stars as the jumpy Henry, who's obsessed with his father's dying command to sire a male heir. And in Part 1, that makes life difficult first for the pious Catherine of Aragon (Assumpta Serna), then for the clever and headstrong Anne Boleyn (Helena Bonham Carter). Wolsey: David Suchet.
Original Air Date: Nov 7, 2004
Guest Cast Mark Strong: Duke of Norfolk Charles Dance: Duke of Buckingham Christopher Good: Sir John Seymour Emma Darwall-Smith: Anne's Lady in Waiting Laura Belmont: Mary, Catherine's Daughter Joss Ackland: Henry VII Assumpta Serna: Catherine of Aragon Michael Maloney: Thomas Cranmer Helena Bonham-Carter: Anne Boleyn William Hoyland: Lawyer Scott Handy: Henry Percy Emma Buckley: Anne's Lady in Waiting Edward Tudor Pole: Friar Peto Guy Flanagan: Tall Servant Edward Kelsey: Campeggio Benjamin Whitrow: Thomas Boleyn Dominic Mafham: George Boleyn David Suchet: Cardinal Wolsey Thomas Lockyer: Edward Seymour Danny Webb: Thomas Cromwell William Houston: Thomas Seymour John Higgins: Robert Barnes Ray Winstone: Henry VIII Emilia Fox: Jane Seymour Sid Mitchell: Young Henry VIII Stephen Noonan: Spanish Ambassador Jeremy Child: Courtier

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'

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