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

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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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