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The Tudors is a programme created by Showtime based on the life of King Henry VIII of England and his six wives, covering the latter twenty-seven years of his thirty-eight-year reign. It was filmed in and around Dublin, Ireland, and features a predominantly Anglo-Irish cast.
Although not entirely historically accurate, the show does provide an entertaining look at the Tudor’s era. There are four seasons in all, beginning with King Henry starting to feel unhappy with his current marriage to Catherine of Aragon to the tough decision of who will be his successor after his death; his romance with Anne Boleyn would not yield a simple answer to that decision, but instead transform England forever over the course of the next few seasons - to the alarm of his best friend, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Factions would be continually pitted against one another across the country - led by men such as Cardinal Wolsey, Sir Thomas More, Lord Edward Seymour and Thomas Cromwell - as they vied for the King's good graces upon their plans for the nation; all their causes were genuinely good, but all their means to them were abominable.
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