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The concluding season of the Showtime Original Series The Tudors brings us through the final years of one of the greatest figures of English history. Although he has been in power for many years and should by now be comfortable with his status and position, Henry’s life and times remain as turbulent, controversial and dramatic as they were when he was the young King of Season 1. Michael Hirst, creator of The Tudors, sums up the season: “We’re coming to the end of Henry’s life but things don’t slacken up. Far from going out quietly, Henry VIII goes out with an extraordinary bang. He is older, but only in his late 40s. He is ill — he has an extremely serious ulcerated leg — and more paranoid, but then he marries an extremely young woman, who didn’t have the right background to be a Queen. At the same time, he goes to war. Then he marries again, for the final time, to a woman who is very capable but whom everyone thinks is a heretic and some want to execute."

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The concluding season of the Showtime Original Series The Tudors brings us through the final years of one of the greatest figures of English history. Although he has been in power for many years and should by now be comfortable with his status and position, Henry’s life and times remain as turbulent, controversial and dramatic as they were when he was the young King of Season 1. Michael Hirst, creator of The Tudors, sums up the season: “We’re coming to the end of Henry’s life but things don’t slacken up. Far from going out quietly, Henry VIII goes out with an extraordinary bang. He is older, but only in his late 40s. He is ill — he has an extremely serious ulcerated leg — and more paranoid, but then he marries an extremely young woman, who didn’t have the right background to be a Queen. At the same time, he goes to war. Then he marries again, for the final time, to a woman who is very capable but whom everyone thinks is a heretic and some want to execute."

    • EPISODE 1

    Episode 1

    Whitehall Palace, London, 1540. Thirty years into the reign of King Henry VIII: London is experiencing intense heat and there has been no rain for two months. But while his subjects wilt, the King’s vigor remains undiminished. The Reformation goes on. Henry has just married the beautiful Katherine Howard, his fifth Queen, who is a mere seventeen years old. She’s different from earlier wives in more ways than age: far from being nobility, she was ‘discovered’ by some of the King’s friends in a boarding house for wayward young ladies.

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    Whitehall Palace, London, 1540. Thirty years into the reign of King Henry VIII: London is experiencing intense heat and there has been no rain for two months. But while his subjects wilt, the King’s vigor remains undiminished. The Reformation goes on. Henry has just married the beautiful Katherine Howard, his fifth Queen, who is a mere seventeen years old. She’s different from earlier wives in more ways than age: far from being nobility, she was ‘discovered’ by some of the King’s friends in a boarding house for wayward young ladies.

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    • 56 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    Episode 2

    Thomas Culpepper, principal groom to Henry VIII, continues to make eyes at the King’s sexy young bride. He is not alone; the teen Queen inspires many admirers in Henry’s court, not least the King himself who spoils his new wife with an endless supply of extravagant gifts.When Lady Rochford sleeps with Culpepper, he doesn’t hide that the Queen is his real desire and she helpfully suggests that she aid him in seducing Katherine. As part of the Christmas festivities, Henry invites his previous wife Anne of Cleves to the palace. He is pleasantly surprised by her beauty – something he missed when they were married – and delighted by her graciousness.

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    Thomas Culpepper, principal groom to Henry VIII, continues to make eyes at the King’s sexy young bride. He is not alone; the teen Queen inspires many admirers in Henry’s court, not least the King himself who spoils his new wife with an endless supply of extravagant gifts.When Lady Rochford sleeps with Culpepper, he doesn’t hide that the Queen is his real desire and she helpfully suggests that she aid him in seducing Katherine. As part of the Christmas festivities, Henry invites his previous wife Anne of Cleves to the palace. He is pleasantly surprised by her beauty – something he missed when they were married – and delighted by her graciousness.

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    • 54 Minutes
    • EPISODE 3

    Episode 3

    Henry VIII is in great spirits. He is noticeably more tolerant and forgiving than the Henry of old. He pardons criminal, visits his estranged young daughter Princess Elizabeth and plans a visit to the North of England – his first visit to the territory that hatched the ‘Pilgrimage of Grace’ rebellion. Scenes of rebellion are now closer to home. Unknown to the doting King, his wife Katherine Howard has begun a serious flirtation with the young and handsome Thomas Culpepper, with the assistance of her lady in waiting, Lady Rochford.Cuckolding the King is a capital offense but Henry, of course, can play by different rules and takes his pleasure in the bed of Anne of Cleves, the ex-wife he once thought ugly.

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    • 52 Minutes

    Henry VIII is in great spirits. He is noticeably more tolerant and forgiving than the Henry of old. He pardons criminal, visits his estranged young daughter Princess Elizabeth and plans a visit to the North of England – his first visit to the territory that hatched the ‘Pilgrimage of Grace’ rebellion. Scenes of rebellion are now closer to home. Unknown to the doting King, his wife Katherine Howard has begun a serious flirtation with the young and handsome Thomas Culpepper, with the assistance of her lady in waiting, Lady Rochford.Cuckolding the King is a capital offense but Henry, of course, can play by different rules and takes his pleasure in the bed of Anne of Cleves, the ex-wife he once thought ugly.

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    • 52 Minutes
    • EPISODE 4

    Episode 4

    Pontefract Castle, Yorkshire was the only royal property captured by the rebels during the Catholic uprising known as the ‘Pilgrimage of Grace’. In a symbolic gesture, it now welcomes Henry and his large entourage. Rejuvenated by the affection he has experienced in his tour of the north of England, Henry feels a stirring sexual energy towards his Queen. Charles Brandon, on the other hand, senses death as he remembers the hangings and punishment he oversaw as the King’s representative during the Northern rebellion. Her past begins to catch up with her on another front. The King receives an anonymous letter accusing his wife of sexual relationships with two men, Henry thinks the whole thing is a fraud but nonetheless orders an investigation, to be led by Lord Hertford.

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    • 50 Minutes

    Pontefract Castle, Yorkshire was the only royal property captured by the rebels during the Catholic uprising known as the ‘Pilgrimage of Grace’. In a symbolic gesture, it now welcomes Henry and his large entourage. Rejuvenated by the affection he has experienced in his tour of the north of England, Henry feels a stirring sexual energy towards his Queen. Charles Brandon, on the other hand, senses death as he remembers the hangings and punishment he oversaw as the King’s representative during the Northern rebellion. Her past begins to catch up with her on another front. The King receives an anonymous letter accusing his wife of sexual relationships with two men, Henry thinks the whole thing is a fraud but nonetheless orders an investigation, to be led by Lord Hertford.

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    • 50 Minutes
    • EPISODE 5

    Episode 5

    Queen Katherine is shocked by the King’s orders that she be confined to her apartments. The investigation into her past moves with speed: Francis Dereham is arrested and interrogated. Joan Bulmer is questioned, as is the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk. Henry’s response is unsentimental and swift: Katherine Howard is removed from court and her title as Queen withdrawn. Her pleas for understanding and forgiveness are coldly ignored.

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    Queen Katherine is shocked by the King’s orders that she be confined to her apartments. The investigation into her past moves with speed: Francis Dereham is arrested and interrogated. Joan Bulmer is questioned, as is the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk. Henry’s response is unsentimental and swift: Katherine Howard is removed from court and her title as Queen withdrawn. Her pleas for understanding and forgiveness are coldly ignored.

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    • 54 Minutes
    • EPISODE 6

    Episode 6

    In a surprise decision, the King orders a new Act of Parliament, which restores the succession rights of his two daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Mary. Although they are next in line after their youngest brother Edward, this powerful gesture of his love will have historical consequences.The King dispatches Hertford and his arch enemy, the Earl of Surrey, north to warn the King of Scotland that any further acts of aggression will be responded to with the might of England’s armies. Meanwhile, a Catholic alliance signals a weakening of the Reformation’s influence in English politics. Single once again, Henry takes an interest in the twice-married Catherine Parr, a woman closer in age than his usual fancies.

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    • 48 Minutes

    In a surprise decision, the King orders a new Act of Parliament, which restores the succession rights of his two daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Mary. Although they are next in line after their youngest brother Edward, this powerful gesture of his love will have historical consequences.The King dispatches Hertford and his arch enemy, the Earl of Surrey, north to warn the King of Scotland that any further acts of aggression will be responded to with the might of England’s armies. Meanwhile, a Catholic alliance signals a weakening of the Reformation’s influence in English politics. Single once again, Henry takes an interest in the twice-married Catherine Parr, a woman closer in age than his usual fancies.

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    • 48 Minutes
    • EPISODE 7

    Episode 7

    Henry marries Catherine Parr, his sixth and final wife. The wedding is notable for the presence of Henry’s daughters, Princesses Mary and Elizabeth. Plans are made for the invasion of France and Charles Brandon is named commander of the English armies. As the Catholic influence increases, Bishop Gardiner begins to investigate the new Queen’s religious beliefs. She is rumored to be a secret Protestant and he intends to expose her. The war effort is elaborate and costly. Three hundred ships have been requisitioned to bring guns, wagons, horses and the army to France. The King is determined to lead his armies into battle to recapture lands he once held. In his absence, he appoints Catherine regent and protector of the realm and guardian of his children. The new Queen rises to the challenge and is well liked and respected by all.

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    Henry marries Catherine Parr, his sixth and final wife. The wedding is notable for the presence of Henry’s daughters, Princesses Mary and Elizabeth. Plans are made for the invasion of France and Charles Brandon is named commander of the English armies. As the Catholic influence increases, Bishop Gardiner begins to investigate the new Queen’s religious beliefs. She is rumored to be a secret Protestant and he intends to expose her. The war effort is elaborate and costly. Three hundred ships have been requisitioned to bring guns, wagons, horses and the army to France. The King is determined to lead his armies into battle to recapture lands he once held. In his absence, he appoints Catherine regent and protector of the realm and guardian of his children. The new Queen rises to the challenge and is well liked and respected by all.

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    • 53 Minutes
    • EPISODE 8

    Episode 8

    The year is 1544. Under the supervision of Henry VIII, the Earl of Surrey and his men attempt to tunnel their way into the French castle at Boulogne. Charles Brandon, who has been separated from his wife for sometime, finds happiness with a young Frenchwoman named Brigitte, who returns with him from France. While Henry too has been rejuvenated by the siege of Boulogne, given a taste once more of the vigor and vitality of his youth, he may have pushed his already weakened body too far.

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    The year is 1544. Under the supervision of Henry VIII, the Earl of Surrey and his men attempt to tunnel their way into the French castle at Boulogne. Charles Brandon, who has been separated from his wife for sometime, finds happiness with a young Frenchwoman named Brigitte, who returns with him from France. While Henry too has been rejuvenated by the siege of Boulogne, given a taste once more of the vigor and vitality of his youth, he may have pushed his already weakened body too far.

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    • 49 Minutes
    • EPISODE 9

    Episode 9

    King Henry VIII is aging rapidly: the recent siege of Boulogne has taken its toll, his ulcerous leg is constantly in pain and he now requires glasses to read. Political events continue to be tumultuous and exhausting. The rising influence of Bishop Gardiner is signaled by the appointment of a Catholic, Risley, to the important position of Lord Chancellor. Nonetheless, the Lutherans continue with their radical reforms, the latest of which is women preachers. Sensing their rise in authority, Gardiner and his allies are determined to trap Queen Catherine.The Earl of Surrey, defiant on his return to court, Henry’s Privy Council is unconvinced by his explanations about how so many men were lost under his command in France.

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    • 57 Minutes

    King Henry VIII is aging rapidly: the recent siege of Boulogne has taken its toll, his ulcerous leg is constantly in pain and he now requires glasses to read. Political events continue to be tumultuous and exhausting. The rising influence of Bishop Gardiner is signaled by the appointment of a Catholic, Risley, to the important position of Lord Chancellor. Nonetheless, the Lutherans continue with their radical reforms, the latest of which is women preachers. Sensing their rise in authority, Gardiner and his allies are determined to trap Queen Catherine.The Earl of Surrey, defiant on his return to court, Henry’s Privy Council is unconvinced by his explanations about how so many men were lost under his command in France.

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    • 57 Minutes
    • EPISODE 10

    Episode 10

    Henry is forced to surrender Boulogne, his great prize, as part of a peace treaty with France. There is a slow, quiet and nonetheless inevitable shifting of allegiances as Henry’s own health begins to fade. Factions are forming at court as thoughts turn towards a successor. Some see Prince Edward, Henry’s son by Anne Seymour, as his natural heir while others, notably Bishop Gardner, are determined to restore a Catholic to the throne in the person of Princess Mary. Hearing that Charles Brandon is very ill, the King summons his old friend to court. It is to be their last encounter. Henry is greatly shaken; his longest and most loyal ally now gone. Realizing his own death is now imminent, Henry retreats more and more into himself.

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    Henry is forced to surrender Boulogne, his great prize, as part of a peace treaty with France. There is a slow, quiet and nonetheless inevitable shifting of allegiances as Henry’s own health begins to fade. Factions are forming at court as thoughts turn towards a successor. Some see Prince Edward, Henry’s son by Anne Seymour, as his natural heir while others, notably Bishop Gardner, are determined to restore a Catholic to the throne in the person of Princess Mary. Hearing that Charles Brandon is very ill, the King summons his old friend to court. It is to be their last encounter. Henry is greatly shaken; his longest and most loyal ally now gone. Realizing his own death is now imminent, Henry retreats more and more into himself.

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    • EPISODE 11

    Finale Piece

    Writer and Executive Producer Michael Hirst, discusses the final episode of The Tudors series.

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    Writer and Executive Producer Michael Hirst, discusses the final episode of The Tudors series.

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    • EPISODE 12

    Life After Henry

    Writer and Executive Producer Michael Hirst, narrates a special feature piece on the history of England after the reign and death of King Henry VIII.

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    Writer and Executive Producer Michael Hirst, narrates a special feature piece on the history of England after the reign and death of King Henry VIII.

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    • EPISODE 13

    Hampton Court

    It’s been 500 years since Henry VIIIth’s coronation. Tudors star Natalie Dormer, who played Anne Boleyn, journeys to Hampton Court Palace, Henry’s historic home which defined royal extravagance.

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    It’s been 500 years since Henry VIIIth’s coronation. Tudors star Natalie Dormer, who played Anne Boleyn, journeys to Hampton Court Palace, Henry’s historic home which defined royal extravagance.

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    • EPISODE 14

    British Library

    It’s been 500 years since Henry VIIIth’s coronation. Tudors star Natalie Dormer, who played Anne Boleyn, explore the British Library in search of rare artifacts from the life and times of England’s most notorious monarch.

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    It’s been 500 years since Henry VIIIth’s coronation. Tudors star Natalie Dormer, who played Anne Boleyn, explore the British Library in search of rare artifacts from the life and times of England’s most notorious monarch.

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    • EPISODE 15

    Tower of London

    It’s been 500 years since Henry VIIIth’s coronation. Tudors star Natalie Dormer, who played Anne Boleyn, visits the infamous Tower of London, where treasures from the King’s historic armory depict an age both glorious and brutal.

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    It’s been 500 years since Henry VIIIth’s coronation. Tudors star Natalie Dormer, who played Anne Boleyn, visits the infamous Tower of London, where treasures from the King’s historic armory depict an age both glorious and brutal.

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