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

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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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