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

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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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