The Tudors is an historical fiction television series set primarily in sixteenth-century England, created by Michael Hirst and produced for the American premium cable television channel Showtime.The series was a collaboration between American, British, and Canadian producers, and filmed mostly in Ireland.Although named after the Tudor dynasty as a whole, it is based specifically upon the reign of King Henry VIII of England.The series was produced by Peace Arch Entertainment for Showtime in association with Reveille Productions, Working Title Television, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and was filmed in Ireland.Her shrewd refusal to his open invitation to become his mistress unless he will marry her pushes him to use Cardinal Wolsey to take action against the Queen, the King instructing his trusted advisor to get papal dispensation for his divorce on the grounds that his wife did indeed consummate her marriage to his brother, Arthur.The first two episodes debuted on Direc TV, Time Warner Cable On Demand, Netflix, Verizon Fi OS On Demand, Internet Movie Database and on the website of the series before the official premiere on Showtime.The Tudors premiered on 1 April 2007; it was the highest-rated Showtime series in three years.
Cardinal Wolsey plays a major part in the series, acting as Henry's trusted advisor.
In Episode 1, Wolsey persuades his King to keep the peace with France and the two Kings meet at Calais to agree a pact of friendship, while the pressure of fathering a male heir compels him to question his marriage to his Queen, Katherine of Aragon.
International distribution rights are owned by Sony Pictures Television.
Chronicles the period of Henry VIII's reign in which his effectiveness as King is tested by international conflicts as well as political intrigue in his own court.
He also has a string of affairs and, in Episode 2, fathers an illegitimate son with his mistress, Elizabeth "Bessie" Blount, who is also one of Queen Katherine's ladies-in waiting (the son, Henry Fitz Roy, later dies).Anne Boleyn catches Henry's eye — she has been attending the French court — and she is encouraged by her father and uncle to seduce the King, though she also falls in love with Henry as the season unfolds.