The Tudors

 

Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, James Frain, Natalie Dormer, Jeremy Northam, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Sam Neil, Jamie Thomas King, Sarah Bolger, Max von Sydow, Peter O'Toole

  • Airs: 10pm Sundays
  • Air Dates: April 2007 - May 2010

Premise:

Season One of The Tudors chronicles the period of Henry VIII's reign in which his effectiveness as King is tested by international conflicts as well as political intrigue in his own court, while the pressure of fathering a male heir compels him to reject his wife Katherine of Aragon for Anne Boleyn. He also has a string of affairs, and fathers a son, Henry, by Elizabeth Blount.

Season Two finds Henry as the head of the Church of England, the result of his break with the Catholic Church over its refusal to grant him a divorce from Katherine. During his battle with Rome, he secretly marries a pregnant Anne. Anne's own failure to produce a son dooms her as Henry's attention shifts toward Jane Seymour.

Season Three focuses on Henry's marriages to Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves, his ruthless suppression of the Pilgrimage of Grace, the downfall of Thomas Cromwell, and the beginnings of Henry's relationship with the "dangerous" Katherine Howard.

Season Four will focus on Henry's tumultuous relationships with his last two wives, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr, and his final descent into gluttony and madness.