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

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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