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

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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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