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

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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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