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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.

Thursday on BBC One
1 Season, 6 Episodes
January 1, 1970
Drama, History
8.5/10
Cast: Keith Michell, Anthony Quayle, Patrick Troughton, Bernard Hepton
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  • 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.

  • Wanting everything and unwilling to be subservient, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of the omnipotent king moves headlong towards a terrible fate but her wit, charm and courage shine to the end.

  • Catherine of Aragon seemed to be the perfect queen. She had love for her husband and was loyal to her people and to her faith, but she was unable to bear Henry a surviving son.

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