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

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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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