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The Six Wives of Henry VIII is a fictionalized account of the King Henry VIII's six marriages. The film follows not only the wives and their personal drama, but also the political intrigues of the court. King Henry VIII ruled England in the late Renaissance. This series follows his reign starting as he ascends the throne and marries his brother's widow, Catherine of Aragon. As it becomes apparent that Catherine cannot provide Henry an heir he wants, Henry begins to court the beautiful Anne Boleyn. Henry divorces Catherine, and breaks the entire country of England away from the Catholic Church so he can do so. Catherine is exiled to Scotland with her young daughter, Mary. Anne does not satisfy Henry either, and he continues to move from wife to wife. Some are merely pushed out of the court, some die wearing the crown, and others are ruthlessly beheaded. Henry VIII's court and advisers were eager to make this unique situation work to their advantage. Thomas Cromwell gave the king the advice to marry a woman from Germany-- Anne of Cleaves. The move backfired when Anne was not to the king's tastes and Cromwell fell far from favor. No one is free from the king's volatile ire. Keith Michell played Henry VIII. The narrator was Anthony Quayle. Annette Crosbie was Catherine of Aragon, Dorothy Tutuin was Anne Boleyn, Anne Stallybrass was Jane Seymour, Elvi Hale was Anne of Cleaves, Angela Pleasence was Catherine Howard, and Rosalie Crutchley was Catherine Parr. The miniseries was broadcast on the BBC in 1970, and was directed by Naomi Capon and John Glenister.