The BBC Tudors Collection [Collector's Edition] [12 Discs] [DVD]

This release offers three critically acclaimed BBC produced mini-series about the infamous royal family the Tudors, telling the stories of figures like Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, and Elizabeth Tudor. Series included in the set are The Shadow of the Tower, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, and Elizabeth R.
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Overview

Special Features

  • "The Shadow of the Tower":
  • The Tower of London - The Innocent - 50-minute pilot for The Shadow of the Tower
  • Hooray Henry - historian Dr. Dai Smith Profiles Henry VII
  • "The Six Wives of Henry VIII":
  • The Other Boleyn Girl - the BBC's thrilling dramatization of Philippa Gregory's best-selling novel
  • Character portraits
  • "Elizabeth R":
  • Interview with Glenda Jackson
  • Glenda Jackson celebrates her classic performance with new audio readings of historical documents
  • Historian background notes by acclaimed historian Alison Weir, author of The Life of Elizabeth I
  • Photo gallery
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Elizabeth R
Political, romantic, and religious intrigue confront Elizabeth Tudor (1533-1603) in this acclaimed six-part television series chronicling her early life as a princess and her reign as queen of England (1558-1603). While still a princess, Elizabeth (Glenda Jackson) exonerates herself from a plot to kidnap young Edward VI (Jason Kemp). Then, after Edward dies, Elizabeth's sister, Mary (Caroline Harris), assumes the throne and imposes Catholicism on her subjects, but Elizabeth refuses to disavow her Protestantism. After Mary announces plans to wed the Catholic king of Spain, the people rise up in favor of Elizabeth, but Mary imprisons her in the Tower of London. Happily for Elizabeth, Mary dies without an heir, and Elizabeth becomes queen. Although urged to marry, Elizabeth stalls, content to maintain a relationship with Robert Dudley (Robert Hardy), Master of the Horse, whom Elizabeth makes Earl of Leicester. Then Mary Queen of Scots (Vivian Pickles) claims the English throne, and Elizabeth tries to pacify her in an unsuccessful attempt to marry her to Dudley. Meanwhile, the French -- battlefield rivals of the Spaniards -- propose an alliance with England and urge Elizabeth to marry the French king's brother, the Duc d'Alençon (Michael Williams), a Catholic. Though officials draw up a marriage contract, Elizabeth ignores it. By this time, Mary Queen of Scots is in prison, and Protestant agents implicate her in a trumped-up plot against Elizabeth. Elizabeth orders her execution. The angry Spanish then attack with their mighty Armada, but the English defeat them and strengthen Elizabeth's hold on power. In the later years of her reign, Elizabeth attempts to appease an unruly court favorite, the Earl of Essex, with special appointments, but he eventually turns against her and leads an uprising against the crown two years before the queen's death. ~ Mike Cummings, Rovi

The Other Boleyn Girl
U.K. documentary filmmaker Philippa Lowthorpe brings an experimental approach to the costume drama The Other Boleyn Girl, produced for television by BBC Films. Shot with a handheld digital camera, the film is a largely improvised project based on the best-selling novel by Philippa Gregory. In 16th century England, the recently married Mary Boleyn (Natascha McElhone) is encouraged to have an affair with the notorious King Henry VIII (Jared Harris) in order to improve the power of her family. When she gets pregnant, the king turns his attention to her sister Anne Boleyn (Jodhi May). Learning to play by the degrading rules of the king's court, Anne conspires with her brother George (Steven Mackintosh) to produce a male heir. The Other Boleyn Girl first aired on BBC Two March 28, 2003. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

The Shadow of the Tower
In this prequel to The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth R., Henry, Earl of Richmond James Maxwell lays the groundwork for the Protestant Reformation, and ushers in the birth of the Modern Era by reuniting England following the War of the Roses. Meanwhile, the reign of King Henry VIII, and the Renaissance, draw near. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII is a six-part BBC presentation first telecast in England in early 1971. After a successful run in Canada, the production settled into a CBS network berth beginning August 1, 1971. Keith Michell stars as King Henry in each of the series' 90-minute installments, which trace the monarch's lives and loves from age 18 to his dotage. The six wives are played by Annette Crosbie (Catherine of Aragon), Dorothy Tutin (Anne Boleyn), Anne Stallybrass (Jane Seymour), Elvi Hale (Anne of Cleves), Angela Pleasence (Catherine Howard), and Rosalie Crutchley (Catherine Parr). Adapted for television by Rosemary Anne Sisson and narrated for its CBS run by Anthony Quayle, The Six Wives of Henry VIII scored a considerable ratings coup, and was rebroadcast on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre in 1972. That same year, Mitchell starred in a related theatrical-film effort, Henry VIII and His Six Wives. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Glenda Jackson
    Glenda Jackson - Elizabeth I
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    Ronald Hines - William Cecil
  • Robert Hardy
    Robert Hardy - Robert Dudley
  • Robin Ellis
    Robin Ellis
  • Vivian Pickles
    Vivian Pickles
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