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

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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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