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

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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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