The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Season 1 Episode 5

Catherine Howard

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Aired Unknown Jan 29, 1970 on BBC Two
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The powerful Duke of Norfolk, the leading Catholic aristocrat in England, dangles his smokin' hot teenaged niece Catherine Howard before the aging but still horny King Henry, who foolishly marries her. It is only a matter of time before Catherine's indiscretions with men her own age are revealed, and she meets the same fate as predecessor Anne Boleyn.moreless

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  • Norfolk's tragedy

    8.0
    The simplest story so far. The political intrigue is limited here to the Duke of Norfolk pushing his young niece onto the king. She eventually cheats on her husband and brings shame to the family, which shows the flaws in his orginal plan. Henry is nearly left out of the episode. At the start he's not interested in women. When he sees Catherine, he can be convinced to marry again, but a painful wedding night brings him back to earth. That it was so easy for Catherine to have a lover seems to be prove that Henry didn't care much for the marriage after a while. It's the gossip at court and the danger to Norfolk's position that sets the ball rolling for Catherine's downfall. Norfolk has to warn the king about his own niece. Henry doesn't take out his frustration on Catherine (though the law requires her execution) but on Norfolk, the very man who started it all and had tried to end it without too much collateral damage. As such, this story is really about him.



    Catherine was a teenage bride, not really a political animal or religious reformer. Therefore, Angela Pleasence doesn't have much to work with. I was sometimes distracted by her uncanny resemblance to her father.moreless
  • Catherine Howard - Never Marry a Teenager

    10
    The King Henry VIII married Catherine Howard when he was in poor health with a leg ailment and perhaps Type II Diabetes. The show begins with Henry VIII having his doctors cut open his festering leg. Catherine Howard, the cousin to Anne Boleyn, is younger than 17 years old. She is presented to the King as a possible wife. The king is pleased with her and she dotes on him and he marries her. She has said she was a virgin but had relations with some other men before she got married. A male relative in this teleplay also convinces Catherine that she has to give birth to a son. Since the king is impotent, she seeks a man in Thomas Culpepper to sire a child with. She of course is eventually executed along with Lady Rochefort who sent Anne Boleyn to the block.moreless
Angela Pleasence

Angela Pleasence

Catherine Howard

Guest Star

Ralph Bates

Ralph Bates

Thomas Culpeper

Guest Star

Sue Bishop

Sue Bishop

Lady-in-Waiting

Guest Star

Patrick Troughton

Patrick Troughton

Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk

Recurring Role

Sheila Burrell

Sheila Burrell

Lady Rochford

Recurring Role

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    • Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, was arrested, tried, and sentenced to death for his role in arranging the disastrous marriage between his niece, Catherine Howard, and Henry VIII. Fortunately, the fates were on his side. Henry died the day before Norfolk was scheduled to be executed and his sentence was commuted to imprisonment in the Tower of London. When Mary, Henry's daughter, ascended to the English throne upon the death of her brother, Edward VI, she freed Norfolk and returned his confiscated estates.

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