Episode 1

Episode 1

Henry has just married his fifth queen: the beautiful 17-year-old Katherine Howard who was ‘discovered’ in a boarding house for wayward young ladies.

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Episode 2

Episode 2

Thomas Culpepper continues to make eyes at Katherine Howard, while Anne of Cleves joins in the Christmas festivities at the palace.

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Episode 3

Episode 3

Unknown to the doting king, his wife Katherine Howard has begun a serious flirtation with the young and handsome Thomas Culpepper. Meanwhile, King Henry takes his pleasure in the bed of ex-wife Anne of Cleves.

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Episode 4

Episode 4

Katherine’s past begins to catch up with her when the king receives an anonymous letter accusing his wife of sexual relationships with two men.

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Episode 5

Episode 5

The investigation into Katherine Howard’s past moves with speed. Francis Dereham is arrested and interrogated. Lady-in-waiting Joan Bulmer is questioned, as is the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, at whose home Joan and Katherine lived as young women.

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Episode 6

Episode 6

In a surprise decision, King Henry orders a new Act of Parliament, which restores the succession rights of his 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.

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Episode 7

Episode 7

King Henry VIII marries Catherine Parr, his sixth (and final) wife. The wedding is notable for the presence of Henry’s daughters, Princesses Mary and Elizabeth.

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Episode 8

Episode 8

As the English army attempts take the French castle at Boulogne, King Henry is clearly pleased to be once again in the field of battle. But progress is slow and conditions are appalling for his soldiers.

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Episode 9

Episode 9

King Henry VIII is aging rapidly, and his ulcerous leg is constantly in pain. While political events continue to be tumultuous and exhausting, Bishop Gardiner is determined to expose Queen Catherine as a heretic.

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Episode 10

Episode 10

Factions are forming at court as King Henry’s health fades and thoughts turn towards a successor. Realizing his death is imminent, Henry reflects on his life and retreats more and more into himself.

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