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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 Thomas Lockyer: Edward Seymour Edward Kelsey: Campeggio Edward Tudor Pole: Friar Peto Jeremy Child: Courtier Ray Winstone: Henry VIII Danny Webb: Thomas Cromwell Sid Mitchell: Young Henry VIII Stephen Noonan: Spanish Ambassador David Suchet: Cardinal Wolsey William Houston: Thomas Seymour Dominic Mafham: George Boleyn Emma Darwall-Smith: Anne's Lady in Waiting John Higgins: Robert Barnes Emilia Fox: Jane Seymour William Hoyland: Lawyer Benjamin Whitrow: Thomas Boleyn Assumpta Serna: Catherine of Aragon Scott Handy: Henry Percy Emma Buckley: Anne's Lady in Waiting Guy Flanagan: Tall Servant Laura Belmont: Mary, Catherine's Daughter Michael Maloney: Thomas Cranmer Mark Strong: Duke of Norfolk Christopher Good: Sir John Seymour Joss Ackland: Henry VII Charles Dance: Duke of Buckingham Helena Bonham-Carter: Anne Boleyn

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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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