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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Paid | Amazon Instant Video Aired: 9/5/1971

Season 1, Episode 6
Having been forced to marry the gross and ageing king, the unpretentious Queen proves to be the only wife whose courageous honesty, directness and shining intellect endear rather than anger King Henry. She is also the only wife to survive her marriage and outlive the most notorious king in history.

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 8/29/1971

Season 1, Episode 5
Henry is enchanted by the young and beautiful Catherine Howard; who is in love with the glamour of being the Queen of England. But her physical distaste for the king, her vanity, immaturity, indiscretion and adultery lead her, with her lover, to a bitter end.

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Paid | Amazon Instant Video Aired: 8/22/1971

Season 1, Episode 4
Henry's marriage to the raw-boned Anne of Cleves is the story of an uneasy alliance between England and Germany, a political convenience. But while the annulment of that marriage amounts to a corresponding escape from political dilemmas, it also means the parting of two close friends.

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 8/15/1971

Season 1, Episode 3
The shy and devout Jane Seymour is the antithesis of Anne Boleyn. She comforts and cherishes her king with loyalty and love and even bears him a child. But tragedy awaits.

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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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