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