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

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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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