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

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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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