A chronicle of England's turbulent years of the early 16th century recounting the life and times of the vibrant and lusty King Henry VIII in a cycle of six plays. Stars Keith Michell in his Emmy Award-winning performance as Henry VIII and features a 90-minute "bonus drama", The Other Boleyn Girl, based on the popular Philippa Gregory novel.
A British television series originally broadcast on CBS (and rebroadcast on PBS) in America in 1971, The Six Wives of Henry VIII remains a painless way to learn something about royal history and its impact on the political and religious landscape of England. Keith Michell stars as King Henry VIII, who assumes the throne as a boy after the death of his older brother and inherits the latter's Spanish betrothed, Catherine of Aragon (Annette Crosbie), as well. Growing up and increasingly complicated in personality, with an ever-growing appetite for elusive happiness as well as power and food, Henry maneuvers (and is maneuvered by) forces around him to break from Rome and create the Church of England, in part to accommodate his wish for a divorce.
Each story of the king's successive brides takes up an entire episode in the series. Dorothy Tutin plays the doomed Anne Boleyn, Anne Stallybrass is Henry's favorite, Jane Seymour, Elvi Hale is Anne of Cleves, Angela Pleasence is Catherine Howard, and Rosalie Crutchley plays last-in-line Catherine Parr. A very large and fine supporting cast adds intrigue and extra layers of tragedy to the proceedings, especially John Baskcomb as Cardinal Wolsey, Wolfe Morris as Thomas Cromwell, and Ralph Bates as Thomas Culpepper. Each 90-minute episode was crafted by a different writer, but the series holds together very well under Keith Michell's dazzling performance as the despicable if sympathetic Henry, whose emotional arc over many years and losses is something to see. --Tom Keogh
Great item + great price + fast shipping = you hit the trifecta! AAA+++Published 1 month ago by Tom Laurin
Wonderful to have this in my collection. Amazingly well done for 1970!Published 3 months ago by Anne C Noll
One of the best renditions I have seen in a while. Keith Mitchell actually looked like Henry VIII.Published 4 months ago by MARGUERITE SMITH
Saw this excellent production back when it originally came out in the late sixties or early seventies,I was in high school.Actually did a college psych paper on Henry VIII. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Teresa Cross
I have the complete set in VHS. I'm thinking of getting this set in dvd soon. I love medieval history and I think this one is fairly accurate. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sandra Kern
This was an excellent series. I remember when it first aired back in the early 70's. I didn't get to see it on t.v., as a young teenager, but have always wanted to see it..... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patti K. Johnston
The closest to the real Henry VII and his wives. The acting i thought was very good. This is the best version I have seen. Read morePublished 6 months ago by elia
Shipping was timely . The quality and content were poor. Very boring adaptations of this historical period .Published 6 months ago by Tammy McEwen
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|the actresses who portray the wives||
I recall watching it on TV (PBS in 1973) and thinking the 'wives' were rather plain also. My mom pointed out that in those times (16th century), standards of beauty were vastly different. People bathed infrequently hence greasy hair, dental care was unknown hence grotesque oral care and lots of... Read More
Jun 5, 2009 by Buche de Noel | See all 13 posts
|Can someone please comment on the DVD quailty?||
I just finished watching the DVD and the colors are very faded. But I am not sure if this is due to the program being shot on video and not on film.
Jan 8, 2008 by Movie Mania | See all 5 posts
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