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The Tudors: Season 1 (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Though it isn't the most complex or thought-provoking drama around, The Tudors contains stunning period detail, some sturdy acting, and just enough intrigue to make it an entertaining diversion.

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Forget those stodgy portraits of England's portly King Henry VIII hanging in museums. This superlative series introduces viewers to a young, hunky and lustful Henry. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is all dash and panache as the star of the historical soap opera, which bursts at the seams with sex, political intrigue, sex, dangerous court liaisons and sex. In the inaugural season, Henry craves a male heir that Queen Katherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy) has been unable to deliver (but his mistress Elizabeth has given birth to an illegitimate son). With his interest in Katherine waning, Henry turns his attentions toward a stunning young beauty named Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) and makes overtures to her to become his new mistress. Putting aside affairs of the heart to tend to affairs of state and religion, Henry welcomes his wife's nephew Charles V of Spain to court and dutifully tries to hide his lack of affection for his wife. After denouncing Martin Luther and his upstart theology, Pope Clement christens Henry a defender of the faith. With pressure from Anne to get a divorce, Henry sends the devious and opportunistic Cardinal Wolsey (Sam Neill) to Rome to petition His Excellency. Amid all the political, personal and religious goings-on, the stage is set for a monumental showdown between Henry, Rome, Spain and France, and all those involved do their best to keep their heads.

Cast

Jonathan Rhys Meyers
as King Henry VIII
Sam Neill
as Cardinal Wolsey
Callum Blue
as Knivert
Henry Cavill
as Charles Brandon
Henry Czerny
as Duke of Norfolk
Natalie Dormer
as Anne Boleyn
Maria Doyle Kennedy
as Katherine of Aragon
Jeremy Northam
as Sir Thomas More
Nick Dunning
as Thomas Boleyn
Kristen Holdenreid
as William Compton
James Frain
as Thomas Cromwell
Gabrielle Anwar
as Princess Margaret
Perdita Weeks
as Mary Boleyn
Joe Van Moyland
as Thomas Tallis
Padraic Delaney
as George Boleyn
Joseph M. Kelley
as King of Portugal
Guy Carleton
as Chamberlain
Bosco Hogan
as Bishop Fisher
Gordon Sterne
as Bishop Tunstall
Sara James
as Princess Marguerite
Jamie Thomas King
as Thomas Wyatt
Michael Patric
as Willoughby
John Kavanagh
as Cardinal Campeggio
Emmanuel Leconte
as King Francis
Clive Geraghty
as Dr. Linacre
Rachael Kavanagh
as Ann Hastings
Rebekah Wainwright
as Catherine Brandon
James Rowe
as Norris
Marcus Lamb
as Campeggio's Son
Martin Murphy
as Simon Fish
Fiona Sinnott
as Norfolk's Wife
Rory James Wilson
as Man in Tavern
Philip O'Sullivan
as Bishop Warham
Ian McElhinney
as Pope Clement VII
Ned Dennehy
as Augustin
Pat McGrath
as Grotesque Wolsey
Gabriella Wright
as Queen Claude
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Critic Reviews for The Tudors: Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (14)

It's underwritten and ... overripe.

April 1, 2007 | Full Review…
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The series goes only rock-opera deep, moving full-steam ahead without much accounting for character motivation.

April 1, 2007 | Full Review…

Even though "The Tudors" adds another jewel to the crown Showtime has been forging of late, this particular jewel isn't all that dazzling.

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Anglophiles will scoff at the sloppiness with historical detail. Anyone else is going to be confused at why they're not seeing someone like Oliver Platt play Henry VIII

April 1, 2007 | Full Review…

He's [Henry VIII] played with riveting intensity and bristling sensuality by Irish-born Jonathan Rhys Meyers

April 1, 2007 | Full Review…

Smart casting, powerful performances and a riveting, easy-to-follow story make "The Tudors" a dashing TV treat.

April 1, 2007 | Full Review…

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