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

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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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