The Tudors (2007–2010)
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Sixth and the Final Wife 

After leaving wife Catherine as regent, a bellicose Henry invades France and lays siege to Boulogne in an attempt to regain his French provinces.

Director:

Jeremy Podeswa

Writers:

Michael Hirst (creator), Michael Hirst

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... King Henry VIII
Henry Cavill ... Charles Brandon
Lothaire Bluteau ... Ambassador Charles de Marillac
Sarah Bolger ... Mary Tudor
Max Brown ... Edward Seymour
David O'Hara ... Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
Joely Richardson ... Catherine Parr
Anthony Brophy ... Ambassador Bishop Chapuys
Simon Ward ... Bishop Gardiner
Selma Brook Selma Brook ... Brigitte
Emma Hamilton ... Anne Stanhope
Frank McCusker ... Risley
Andrew McNair Andrew McNair ... Thomas Seymour
Rod Hallett ... Richard Rich
Suzy Lawlor Suzy Lawlor ... Anne Parr
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Storyline

A bellicose Henry eagerly sets out on an invasion of France as an ally to the Emporer Charles V. The King is motivated by his desire to reinvigorate himself in the face of failing health as well as his ambition to regain his French provinces. He confirms the line of succession with new wife Catherine Parr and entrusts her with the regency in his absence. Richard Rich and Bishop Gardner is unhappy with the choice of someone so inexperienced, and Gardner is especially suspicious of Catherine, believing she has Lutheran sympathies, especially after she appoints Reformationist ex-clergyman Hugh Latimer, as her personal chaplain. Henry and his 40,000 man army lay siege to the walled city of Boulogne, believing their artillery sufficient to overcome resistance. When the city continues to hold out, tunnels are dug as a wave of dysentery begins to assault the English army. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Trivia

Henry actually conducted three wars against the French: 1512-14, 1522-23, and the one depicted here, 1543-46. See more »

Goofs

Very briefly, when Henry is seen looking over his troops at Boulogne atop an overlook, a coat of arms is shown fixed to the outside wall of it. This coat of arms is meant to represent Henry VIII and the Tudor reign, but incorrectly shows the harp in the third quadrant. Though Henry was officially king of Ireland by this time, the Irish Harp was not officially taken into the royal arms until the reign of James I, also known as James VI of Scotland, after the Tudor era had finished. To be more accurate to Henry's arms there should be included the French fleur de lis upon a blue field in the first and fourth quadrants, but there is none. The coat of arms shown is closer to the arms used currently by Queen Elizabeth II; however even this would be inaccurate, as the lion in the second quadrant, shown as golden on a blue field, would have to be red on a golden field to be accurate to this. Further to this, a Unicorn (representing Scotland) can be seen as the left-hand supporter of the shield. The Unicorn was incorporated into the arms by King James VI of Scotland in 1603 when he became King James I of England and Scotland. See more »

Quotes

King Henry VIII: Your Grace, I will appoint you commander of the armies if you have the will and the stomach for the fight.
Charles Brandon: Majesty, I can only thank God for the chance to win honor and glory in the field. What man would not prefer to die with a sword in his hand and a cry in his throat rather than in a bed in England.
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The Tudors End Credits
Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris
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