The Tudors (2007–2010)
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The Undoing of Cromwell 

As Henry seeks to have his marriage to Anne of Cleves annulled and Cromwell removed, Bryan pimps teenage Catherine Howard as Henry's new mistress.

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
James Frain ... Thomas Cromwell
Joss Stone ... Anne of Cleves
Alan Van Sprang ... Sir Francis Bryan
Sarah Bolger ... Mary Tudor
Max Brown ... Edward Seymour
Tamzin Merchant ... Catherine Howard
Simon Ward ... Bishop Gardiner
Rod Hallett ... Richard Rich
Andrew McNair Andrew McNair ... Thomas Seymour
Joanne King Joanne King ... Lady Rochford
Jack West Jack West ... Gregory Cromwell
Colin O'Donoghue ... Duke Philip of Bavaria
Barbara Brennan Barbara Brennan ... Duchess of Norfolk
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Storyline

Mary is attracted to Anne's cousin Philip of Bavaria but he is a Protestant and so marriage is impossible. Henry tires of Anne and Bryan procures 17-year old Katherine Howard to 'amuse' him. He gives her jewels and Nonsuch Palace. She gives him her cherry. Henry seeks to prove the marriage to Anne is void but Cromwell will not support him. A group of conspirators jealous of Cromwell - including Gardner and Brandon - have him arrested for treason on the grounds that he permitted heretic preachings. He is beheaded in a grotesque execution by a drunken headsman who botches the killing, appalling even his foes.Simultaneously Anne is told that her marriage is illegal but she is to be known as "the king's sister" and will be given property and an annuity. Henry Tudor is now free to marry Katherine. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Ireland | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Catherine Howard may have been as young as 15 when Henry first met her. See more »

Goofs

Nonsuch Palace was not completed until long after Henry VIII's death. In 1556 Queen Mary I sold it to Henry FitzAlan, 19th Earl of Arundel, who completed it. See more »

Quotes

Sir Francis Bryan: [Referring to catherine Howard] What do you think, my grace?
Charles Brandon: I think she looks fit for a king.
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Soundtracks

The Tudors Main Title Theme
Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris
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