The Six Wives of Henry VIII

1971, TV Show

Keith Michell's Emmy-winning performance highlights this six-part historical drama tracing the monarch's half-dozen marriages and attempts to secure a male heir. The BBC import first ran in the U.S. on CBS in the summer of 1971, and was reshown on PBS's `Masterpiece Theatre' the following year with about 10 minutes of new footage in each episode. Through the course of six chapters, Henry ages from a scant 18, when he becomes king, to a dissipated, dying man of 56.

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Subscription | Netflix Aired: 9/5/1971

Season 1, Episode 6
Twice-widowed Catherine reluctantly marries the elderly and lonely king to become Queen of England. But when Catherine's religious views clash with those of Henry's entrusted bishop, her life may end before the dying king's.

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Subscription | Netflix Aired: 8/29/1971

Season 1, Episode 5
A sexually promiscuous, cruel and vain teen, Catherine Howard shamelessly flirts with the king and helps nurse him back to health. Henry marries her, but when he learns Catherine is cheating on him, the repercussions are deadly.

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Subscription | Netflix Aired: 8/22/1971

Season 1, Episode 4
To forge a much-needed alliance with Germany, Henry agrees to marry Anne of Cleves but is disappointed by her looks. When political strife and a lack of sex end their marriage, Henry demonstrates his capacity for compassion.

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Subscription | Netflix Aired: 8/15/1971

Season 1, Episode 3
As Henry's third wife, Jane is the opposite of Anne Boleyn. She adores her husband, provides him an heir and even attempts to heal Henry's rift with his daughter Mary. But complications from childbirth leave Henry in search of a wife once more.

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Premiered: August 01, 1971, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Keith Michell's Emmy-winning performance highlights this six-part historical drama tracing the monarch's half-dozen marriages and attempts to secure a male heir. The BBC import first ran in the U.S. on CBS in the summer of 1971, and was reshown on PBS's `Masterpiece Theatre' the following year with about 10 minutes of new footage in each episode. Through the course of six chapters, Henry ages from a scant 18, when he becomes king, to a dissipated, dying man of 56.

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