The Tudors is an award winning costume drama series focusing on England’s Renaissance dynasty under King Henry VIII. Running for four series, The Tudors is loosely based on the reign of Henry VIII – his string of affairs, divorces and marriages, up until his death and the takeover of the throne by his son Edward VI and later his oldest daughter Mary. The series dramatises Henry VIII’s role as King of England and head of Church of England and his personal affairs, including his infamous marriages to Katherine of Aragon, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, Katherine Parr as well as his secret marriage to the pregnant Anne Boleyn.
The series received 16 IFTA awards from 2008 - 2011, as well as receiving the four Emmy Awards (Outstanding Art Direction 2010, Outstanding Cinematography 2009, Outstanding Costume for a Series 2007 and 2008) and three Golden Globe nominations.
The Irish-Canadian co-production was produced for the American premium cable television Showtime. Filmed in Ardmore Studios, The Tudors boasted an all-star cast including Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy, James Frain, Sarah Bolger and Natalie Dormer. Broadcasters for the historical drama include BBC Two (UK), CBC Television (Canada), Showtime (US) and TV3 Ireland.
The series received consistently high television audiences with the BBC premiere of series three attracting an average audience of 2.3 million.
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