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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.
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.
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.
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 1, 1971
- Rating: TV-14
- 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 `M… (more)
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