The Tudors

The Tudors

Historical fiction television series
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The Tudors

The Tudors is a historical fiction television series set primarily in 16th-century England, created and written by Michael Hirst and produced for the American premium cable television channel Showtime. The series was a collaboration among American, British, and Canadian producers, and was filmed mostly in Ireland. It is named after the Tudor dynasty as a whole, although it is based specifically upon the reign of King Henry VIII.

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Genre
Historical drama
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Written by
Michael Hirst
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Country of origin
United Kingdom
Canada
Ireland
United States
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Original language
English
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No. of seasons
4
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PRODUCTION

Executive producer
Michael Hirst
Eric Fellner
Tim Bevan
Ben Silverman
Teri Weinberg
Sheila Hockin
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Producer
James Flynn
Gary Howsam
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Production location
Ireland
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Running time
47–56 minutes
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RELEASE

Original network
BBC Two
CBC Television
Showtime
TV3 (Ireland)
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Picture format
1080i (HDTV)
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Audio format
Dolby Digital 5.1
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Original release
1 April 2007 (2007-04-01)
20 June 2010 (2010-06-20)
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CHRONOLOGY

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Queen Katherine: You have not answered my nephew's letters. King Henry VIII: Just because your nephew's the King of Spain. Does he think I have nothing better to do? Queen Katherine: You know he advises you to sign a treaty with the Emperor, recognizing France as our mutual enemy. He also advises you not to heed everything Wolsey tells you, because Wolsey is so biased with the French. King Henry VIII: Since when are you a diplomat? Queen Katherine: I am my father's daughter. King Henry VIII: [Grabbing Katherine tightly by her wrist] You are my WIFE. You are not my Minister, you are not my Chancellor, but my wife.
  • In the series, Charles Brandon's fourth wife, Catherine Brook, is depicted as a Catholic and supporter of Catherine of Aragon. In real life, her name was Catherine Willoughby and she was a Protestant and strong supporter of Anne Boleyn. She even fled England during Mary's reign for fear of persecution.
  • Actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Alan Van Sprang both portray Valentine Morgenstern in the film and tv series based on The Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandra Clare; Jonathan in the film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Alan in the tv series Shadowhunters
  • Gillian Anderson was considered for the role of Katherine Parr before producers settled on Joely Richardson.
  • The show makes it seem there is a several year jump between seasons 3 and 4 judging by the changes in appearance of Henry VIII and Charles Brandon. Both have significantly more grey hair and look much older. In reality the time between the seasons would have been a month or two at most. Elizabeth also seems to have aged a few years from the last season going from around age 8 to around 12 or 13.
  • There are a surprising number of significant characters in The Tudors named Thomas. These include Thomas Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Wyatt, Thomas Tallis, Thomas Cromwell and Thomas Seymour. Plus Thomas Seymour's son Thomas, fathered during his affair with his brother's wife.

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