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

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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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