Masterpiece Episodes

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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 William Hoyland: Lawyer Tom Turner: Francis Dereham John Higgins: Robert Barnes Benjamin Whitrow: Thomas Boleyn Marsha Fitzalan: Duchess of Norfolk Christopher Good: Sir John Seymour Catrin Rhys: Mary Lascelles Terence Harvey: Bishop Gardiner Emily Blunt: Catherine Howard Daniel Betts: John Lascelles Hugh Mitchell: Prince Edward Lara Belmont: Mary Tudor James Hoare: Servant Ray Winstone: Henry VIII Kelly Hunter: Lady Rochford Joseph Morgan: Thomas Culpepper Clare Holman: Catherine Parr William Houston: Thomas Seymour Emilia Fox: Jane Seymour Danny Webb: Thomas Cromwell Pia Gerard: Anne of Cleaves Michael Maloney: Thomas Cranmer Brita Becker: German Lady in Waiting Thomas Lockyer: Edward Seymour Sean Bean: Robert Aske Tina Malone: Nurse Simon Meacock: Red Haired Man Mark Strong: Duke of Norfolk Ryan Winsley: Young Executioner David Gwillim: Physician

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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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