The Six Wives of Henry VIII 1 Season 1970

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Season 1
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1. Catherine of Aragon TV-14 CC

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.

Starring:
Keith Michell, Annette Crosbie
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes
Original air date:
January 1, 1970

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director John Glenister
Starring Keith Michell, Annette Crosbie
Supporting actors Dorothy Tutin, Patrick Troughton, John Woodnutt, Ken Wynne, Sally Travers, Donald Bisset, Margaret Ford, Ronald Adam, Martin Ratcliffe, Will Leighton, Joyce Mandre, Valentine Palmer, John Baskcomb, Verina Greenlaw, Raymond Adamson, Charles Workman, Geoffrey Lewis, Robert Hartley
Season year 1970
Network BBC America
Producers Mark Shivas, Ronald Travers
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By john boy on October 16, 2012
This was made in 1970 as a mini-series by the BBC. I believe for Masterpiece Theatre. It has six parts, one for each wife.
I am not an Historian but I have read some books and seen some other films about Henry the VIII and his Six Wives.

THIS SERIES of film stories IS AS ACCURATE as I have ever seen!!!

You will enjoy watching this again and again. This was done in England, by English people about their own history.
It does not get better than that!!!

May I highly recommend the viewing and buying if you so desired of The Six Wives of Henry the VIII.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cmd5871 on September 7, 2012
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I was impressed with the accuracy of the historical facts portrayed in the series, as far as I could tell by the books I have read on the subject. It seemed to closely follow "the six wives of Henry VIII" by Antonia Fraser, but i just noticed the first edition of her book was published in 1993, so I think they both might have used the same sources. I highly recommend this fantastic series. It is very entertaining as well as wonderfully acted by first class actors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard W. Burke on December 9, 2012
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An excellent series that moves quickly. All six of the episodes are both historically insightful and very entertaining. Answers a lot of questions about why Henry VIII did what he did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Sharp TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 16, 2015
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I was very surprised at the negative reviews for this fine production. Some reviewers complained that the series was like a stage play. It is, but that fact in no way mars the quality. I have to say up front that I am deaf and require the closed cc's but it is easy to follow the plot. using the captions I can't judge the quality of the voice acting. However the ccs are perfectly synchronized with the speech which is not always the case.

The casting and costuming of the various characters is spot on. Aside from the major players it is easy to recognize Cromwell, Cranmer, Woolsey and even the Duke of Norfolk. The production accurately brings to the viewer Henry's six wives in all their agonies and ecstasies. A great deal of research was required and Henry VIII's court as it appears in this series is a reflection of the real thing. You are there. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nickie S on March 7, 2014
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I realize that this is not the newest of series but it still isn't up to par. The acting was mediocre at best and I did not think this was worth the money.
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I fell in love with this series on VHS. My mother had seen the original Masterpiece Theater broadcast in the 1970s and bought the six tape VHS special edition collection. Catherine of Aragon was always a favorite of the VHS tapes as I liked how it delved into the politics of the time and showed how the switch between the Late Medieval world and the Renaissance world happened rather quickly and within the lifetime of this one woman.

People expecting high production values having been spoiled on more modern television shows with lavish sets and props will be disappointed on that front. The costumes are beautifully designed and accurate.

However the true reason to watch this series is the acting--a large number of whom are greats in their own rights. Annette Crosbie does a superb job as Catherine of Aragon portraying her from age 15 through to her death. She comes across at different times as a stubborn, proud, self-possessed, but kind, charitable, steady, and even selfless portrayal--especially when faced with the choice of plunging England into another Civil War over the matter of the divorce--giving us a fully fleshed out human being. Kudos also belongs of course the the author of the teleplay as well for her superb work. Chaupes' final monologue in this is one of my favorites in the entire series, and Catherine's earlier ones when dealing with the slights of Henry VII's court also stick in the mind and are well delivered.

If you are a fan of Shakespearean History plays, you'd find this series to be much akin to those, and I would suggest approaching this series with that in mind. It condenses real history and hits the important highlights in the lives of each of the wives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HaviLover on March 24, 2014
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I'm a Henry VIII aficionado so I've read many books and watched many movies highlighting this era. Season 1 of The Six Wives was okay but for someone familiar with the material, it will come off as lacking.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 10, 2013
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shouldn't have had to buy it to watch it. I am finding a lot of the prime movies like this..
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