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The Tudors

  • 2011
  • Season 1
  • 10 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as King Henry VIII who, at the beginning of his almost 40-year reign, demonstrated little interest in the affairs of state making him ripe for exploitation by his scheming Chancellor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, whose papal ambitions drove his personal agenda. But King Henry's desire for a male heir and his wife Katherine of Aragon's inability to produce one, set his empi..

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Episode 1: In Cold Blood

Summary

Drama series about Henry VIII's 39-year reign. The king puts Cardinal Wolsey in charge of the war effort against the hated French, but the clergyman's personal agenda leads him to orchestrate talks in preparation for an ambitious peace treaty instead. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sam Neill and Jeremy Northam star.

Review

A repeat for this daft confection of a history drama, first shown in 2007. The Tudors is a hoot, full of men in big hats whispering in corridors and dialogue so stilted it could prop up a lift-shaft (as in “we meet to consider questions of great moment”). 

Forget sober accuracy, this is a history lesson that could have been written by Playboy boss Hugh Hefner. It’s a riotous, roistering, boobs-and-bums view of Tudor England, packed with panting blondes queuing up in their nighties to get a seeing-to from priapic monarch Henry VIII (a charismatic Jonathan Rhys Meyers). It’s a wonder Henry ever had time to dissolve the monasteries and make himself head of the Church of England.

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Credits

Cast

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King Henry VIIIJonathan Rhys Meyers
Cardinal Thomas WolseySam Neill
Sir Thomas MoreJeremy Northam
BuckinghamSteven Waddington
Catherine of AragonMaria Doyle Kennedy
Lady BlountRuta Gedmintas
Charles BrandonHenry Cavill
Sir Thomas BoleynNick Dunning
NorfolkHenry Czerny

Crew

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DirectorCharles McDougall
WriterMichael Hirst

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  • Episode 1

    In Cold Blood

    Summary

    Drama series about Henry VIII's 39-year reign. The king puts Cardinal Wolsey in charge of the war effort against the hated French, but the clergyman's personal agenda leads him to orchestrate talks in preparation for an ambitious peace treaty instead. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sam Neill and Jeremy Northam star.

    Review

    A repeat for this daft confection of a history drama, first shown in 2007. The Tudors is a hoot, full of men in big hats whispering in corridors and dialogue so stilted it could prop up a lift-shaft (as in “we meet to consider questions of great moment”). 

    Forget sober accuracy, this is a history lesson that could have been written by Playboy boss Hugh Hefner. It’s a riotous, roistering, boobs-and-bums view of Tudor England, packed with panting blondes queuing up in their nighties to get a seeing-to from priapic monarch Henry VIII (a charismatic Jonathan Rhys Meyers). It’s a wonder Henry ever had time to dissolve the monasteries and make himself head of the Church of England.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    King Henry VIIIJonathan Rhys Meyers
    Cardinal Thomas WolseySam Neill
    Sir Thomas MoreJeremy Northam
    BuckinghamSteven Waddington
    Catherine of AragonMaria Doyle Kennedy
    Lady BlountRuta Gedmintas
    Charles BrandonHenry Cavill
    Sir Thomas BoleynNick Dunning
    NorfolkHenry Czerny

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorCharles McDougall
    WriterMichael Hirst
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