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Full Synopsis

An epic production portraying the adult life of one of England's most infamous monarchs, who reigned over the violent and sexually-charged political minefield that was the Tudor Court. Written by Peter Morgan (The Jury, Martha Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence), this historic event reveals the passions of a man as much cursed as he was blessed, by the crown he wore. From charismatic prince to dissolute and depressed king, we follow the life and loves of Henry in a world where the politics of the bedroom were as lethal as those on the battlefield. Much has been written about Henry VIII: the man who dismantled the Church when it would not grant him the divorce he wanted; who married six wives and beheaded two of them; who executed his friend Thomas More; who sacked the monasteries; who neglected his daughters and - above all - longed for a son. Now, this splendid production brings Henry's fascinating life to the screen, capturing the essence of a reign that was just as compelling as the stuff of fiction.

A stellar cast includes BAFTA Award winner Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast, Nil By Mouth, Scum) as Henry and Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (Howard's End, Planet of the Apes, The Wings of the Dove) as Anne Boleyn. Goya Award Nominee, Assumpta Serna (The Fencing Master, I, the Worst of All, Nostradamus) stars as Katherine of Aragon and Sean Bean (Patriot Games, Ronin, Anna Karenina) plays Robert Aske.

Programme Information

Aspect Ratio:
120 Mins
Year of Production:
Mini Series
Historical & Period Drama


Award Name
bronze world medal - miniseries
new york television festival
best miniseries
international emmy awards

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