The Tudors: Season 2 (2008)

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Season 2
The Tudors

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While the second season of The Tudors is certainly as gorgeous as the first, both in its cinematography and its able, handsome cast, the unremarkable script reveals only minor improvements in storytelling.

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User Ratings: 115

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Air date: Mar 30, 2008

Henry succeeds in having himself declared "Supreme Head of the Church and Clergy in England," but with a caveat; Pope Paul III (Peter O'Toole) has his own idea about how to deal with the "Great Matter" of the king's annulment; Henry selects an obscure cleric (Hans Matheson) to be his personal chaplain; an attempt is made on the life of Bishop Fisher (Bosco Hogan); Henry issues a command to Queen Katherine.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2008

Henry engages in more attempts to undermine the Catholic Church's power in England, and sends his personal chaplain To Germany to learn more about the Lutherans; Anne decides it is time for her and the king to consummate their relationship; Charles Brandon begins to sow seeds of doubt regarding Anne's virtue.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2008

Henry finally runs out of patience and weds a pregnant Anne in a secret ceremony; Cromwell is appointed chancellor after Thomas More steps down; the Pope condemns Henry's behavior and threatens him with excommunication; Katherine is warned not to return to court; an assassin targets Anne.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2008

Henry commands his people to swear an oath of "allegiance and recognition of the King's supremacy" to both church and state, an oath Sir Thomas More is not wont to accept; the King's womanizing ways are brought to the attention of Anne, who arranges, and gives her blessing to, his next mistress. Also, Anne has a confrontation with Henry's daughter, Lady Mary.

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Air date: Apr 27, 2008

Bishop Fisher and Sir Thomas More are charged with high treason and imprisoned for refusing to sign the oath of allegiance; complications arise with Anne's pregnancy; Henry's lust leads him to once again cheat on Anne; Thomas Boleyn enjoins his daughter Anne "not to lose the king's love," while Mary Boleyn returns to court with a pair of surprises.

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Air date: May 4, 2008

Sir Thomas Cromwell garners more power as Henry's right-hand man; Anne's insecurity and her concerns about her place in court intensify; Henry is haunted by memories of Sir Thomas More's execution; the king continues to cheat on the queen, who broaches the idea of betrothing their daughter, Elizabeth, to a French royal and gets a most insulting response.

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Air date: May 11, 2008

The Reformation is in full swing and the Catholic Church loses power; Anne Boleyn fears her own powerful position as queen is in danger from the perceived threat of Queen Katherine and Mary, the daughter of Henry and Katherine; Henry receives some unfortunate news.

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Air date: May 18, 2008

Henry is smitten with Jane Seymour (Anita Briem) and appoints her a lady-in-waiting to Anne, who is none too pleased; Henry is dealt a serious injury while jousting, leading to speculation about who would be his successor.

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Air date: May 25, 2008

The fortunes of Anne and her family plummet at court and with the King when she loses a son; Henry's affections seem to have switched to Jane Seymour, as he awards her family a place at court; palace intrigue intensifies as members of court make a move against Anne, who is accused of adultery.

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Air date: Jun 1, 2008

Anne and her alleged adulterous lovers are sentenced to death. Henry declares their marriage to be null and void, meaning daughter Elizabeth is considered illegitimate and is no longer a successor to the throne. Henry then asks Jane Seymour to be his next queen in hopes of siring a legitimate male heir.

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Savvy students of English history, especially the Tudor-period reign of Henry VIII, know exactly where this saga is headed in its second season. But that doesn't make it any less interesting to watch . As the Catholic church and Pope Paul III (Peter O'Toole) strive to take charge of the "great matter" of the king's annulment from Katherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy), Henry (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) succeeds in having himself declared s upreme head of the church and clergy of England . At home, Henry selects an obscure cleric (Hans Matheson) to be his personal chaplain, and an attempt is made on the life of Bishop Fisher (Bosco Hogan). Amid all this religious turmoil, a royally peeved Henry demands to know if his clergymen are loyal to him or whether their allegiances lie with the pope in Rome . Even Sir Thomas More (Jeremy Northam), whose fealty was unquestionable, sees the need to resign his post as chancellor and withdraw from public life. With More gone, Henry appoints lawyer Thomas Cromwell (James Frain) the new chancellor. Tired of waiting for a determination on his marital status, the king weds a pregnant Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) in a secret ceremony. When word reaches the pope, he condemns Henry's behavior and threatens him with excommunication. In response, the king commands his subjects to swear an oath of "allegiance and recognition of the king's supremacy" to both church and state. A number of clerics and government officials refuse to accept such an order---among them More and Bishop Fisher, who are charged with treason and imprisoned. After Henry's womanizing ways are brought to the attention of Anne, she not only arranges for his next mistress, but gives her blessing to the illicit affair. It could be mere capitulation, or she could be sticking her neck out a bit too far.

Cast

Jonathan Rhys Meyers
as King Henry VIII
Henry Cavill
as Charles Brandon
Natalie Dormer
as Anne Boleyn
Maria Doyle Kennedy
as Katherine of Aragon
Nick Dunning
as Thomas Boleyn
Jeremy Northam
as Sir Thomas More
James Frain
as Thomas Cromwell
Perdita Weeks
as Mary Boleyn
Sam Neill
as Cardinal Wolsey
Kristen Holden-Ried
as William Compton
Henry Czerny
as Duke of Norfolk
David Alpay
as Mark Smeaton
Padraic Delaney
as George Boleyn
Bosco Hogan
as Bishop Fisher
Peter O'Toole
as Pope Paul III
Catherine Byrne
as Alice More
Jamie Thomas King
as Thomas Wyatt
Hans Matheson
as Thomas Cranmer
Gemma Reeves
as Margaret More
Anita Briem
as Jane Seymour
Gabrielle Anwar
as Princess Margaret
James Gilbert
as William Brereton
Krystin Pellerin
as Elizabeth Darrell
Philip O'Sullivan
as Archbishop Warnham
Laura Jane Laughlin
as Madge Sheldon
Bill O'Cleirigh
as John More
Guy Carleton
as Chamberlain
Serena Brabazon
as Nan Saville
Michael Grennell
as Sir George Throckmorton
Emmanuel Leconte
as King Francis
Gordon Sterne
as Bishop Tunstall
Barry John O'Connor
as William Pennington
Andrea Lowe
as Lady Eleanor Luke
Damian Kearney
as William Webbe
Aaron Monaghan
as Ringleader
Julia Wakeham
as Katharina Prue
Rebekah Wainwright
as Catherine Brandon
Luke Hayden
as Headsman
Robert Seehan
as Apprentice
James McHale
as Michelangelo
Jane Brennan
as Lady Margaret Bryan
Rod Hallett
as Sir Richard Rich
Tony McKenna
as Pope's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for The Tudors Season 2

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (18)

The Tudors manages to have it both ways. Its excesses are offset by both powerful performances and relatively deep-thinking on matters of faith, hope and conniving.

Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The acting, led by Rhys Meyers, is solid. The costumes and production are good and the dialogue is smooth.

Mar 30, 2008 | Full Review…

Best summed up by a verse poet Thomas Wyatt writes... "These bloody days have broken my heart."

Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

I docilely devoured quite a few episodes before deciding that almost everyone involved should be beheaded or at least leeched.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

There's a great deal of talking, in florid language, and carefully executed production and costume design. But for all its finery, The Tudors is strangely blank.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm going to miss its glorious costumes, sumptuous sets, uplifting score and hilariously cavalier approach to historical fact.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Thomas More, who always loved a comic turn, will be spinning in his grave if he's watching this new series. But at least he'll be smiling.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Equally entertaining second season

Mar 30, 2008 | Full Review…

This pretty bit of history will remain utterly forgettable.

Mar 30, 2008 | Full Review…

The main problem with this historical epic is that the performances of Rhys Meyers and of Natalie Dormer, who plays the king's controversial consort, Anne Boleyn, are flat, predictable and uninspired.

Mar 30, 2008 | Full Review…

In bringing Peter O'Toole aboard to play the pontiff, Tudors creator Michael Hirst fudged history just a little... Looking into O'Toole's steely blues, you're probably not going to care.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The sexy, sudsy historical drama returns without missing a beat.

Mar 30, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Tudors: Season 2

  • Jun 15, 2018
    In my opinion this show is a 10 out of 10. I am also not a professional CRITIc but When it comes to an entertaining binge watch, I put this up there with the like of HBO's Rome, Netflix's The last kingdom, and history channels vikings. It provides an escape back into a much Simpler time period and immerses you into the KINGdom of england and GIVEs you a first hand account of what life MIGht be like under Henry the 8th. While this show is as historically accurate as homer's illiad, it nonetheless succeeds in its immersive capabilities.

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