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Masterpiece Episode: "Henry VIII"

Season 34, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: “Henry VIII” (Ray Winstone) works his way through his final four wives in the conclusion of this two-part biography of the mercurial 16th-century tyrant who broke with Rome over his marital woes. That break is still fresh as Part 2 opens with the charismatic Catholic officer Robert Aske (Sean Bean) leading 50,000 troops on a “Pilgrimage of Grace” to London. Henry won't be indulgent with him, but will be indulgent to wife No. 3, Jane Seymour (Emilia Fox), who also crosses him. But then, she supplies him with a son. She also dies of an infection before she can cross him again. Cromwell: Danny Webb. Norfolk: Mark Strong.
Original Air Date: Nov 14, 2004
Guest Cast Emilia Fox: Jane Seymour Daniel Betts: John Lascelles Kelly Hunter: Lady Rochford Ryan Winsley: Young Executioner Lara Belmont: Mary Tudor Marsha Fitzalan: Duchess of Norfolk David Gwillim: Physician Pia Gerard: Anne of Cleaves William Houston: Thomas Seymour William Hoyland: Lawyer Tom Turner: Francis Dereham James Hoare: Servant Christopher Good: Sir John Seymour Tina Malone: Nurse Thomas Lockyer: Edward Seymour Sean Bean: Robert Aske Clare Holman: Catherine Parr Mark Strong: Duke of Norfolk Terence Harvey: Bishop Gardiner Hugh Mitchell: Prince Edward Ray Winstone: Henry VIII Benjamin Whitrow: Thomas Boleyn John Higgins: Robert Barnes Catrin Rhys: Mary Lascelles Joseph Morgan: Thomas Culpepper Emily Blunt: Catherine Howard Danny Webb: Thomas Cromwell Michael Maloney: Thomas Cranmer Simon Meacock: Red Haired Man Brita Becker: German Lady in Waiting

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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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