The Tudors

Season 1 Episode 1

In Cold Blood

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 01, 2007 on Showtime
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Henry prepares for war with France but receives cautious counsel from the powerful Cardinal Wolsey, who urges a peace treaty; the king learns that his queen's lady-in-waiting Elizabeth Blount is pregnant with his child.

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  • Beautiful costumes and the ending was promising but...

    Maybe my hopes were little too high for this serie but it was not as good as I hoped. It had the gorgeous costumes, little action, intrigues. I wanted all of them. But it seemed like the intrigues were plain and somehow maybe not so deep. Maybe it just felt this way as it was the first episode? The action - I do not know - it was not catching. Also the acting was not the best. Young Henry was quite colorless. Maybe they wanted to show him like that, maybe not. The only one who really impressed me was the actress who played Cathrine. She really had some emotion out of the role and had some vividness. Maybe that kind of complicate characters are more easy to play.

    Anyway, I am eager to see what comes next and now when I know what to hope, maybe next episode will be better for me.moreless
  • Henry wants to go to war with France because they killed his Uncle. But is urged by Cardinal Wolsey to make a peace treaty with France. King Henry soon learns that Elizabeth Blount is pregnant with his child, his first son, Henry Fitzroy.moreless

    Tudors has great costumes, but there is something missing. I was not all that impressed with the show.

    First off, there are one too many characters to keep track of. As well as, all the jumping around they do from scene to scene without translation. Along with, all the overexert sex scenes. Now I do not mind seeing the occasional love scene but I have never seen so many naked women in one episode, OMG!

    It was not terrible but at the same time not fabulous. I do like Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Henry Cavill. Seeing Henry naked was not bad at all.moreless
  • In Cold Blood

    In Cold Blood was a perfect opening episode to the series The Tudors. Although this series may not follow an accurate history or time line this series definitley brings viewers closer to how people lived during these times. I really enjoyed seeing how the Royal Court operated and how things were run during this period of time. I think the actors were all perfect in their parts. There was a lot of character and plot development laying the ground work for the entire series. This episode kicks off with many intriguing story lines. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • I'm so desapointed, i hoped so much from this show.

    After Showtime gave us Weeds, Huff and Dexter i thaught they where able to compete with HBO but that show proved me wrong, the photography is so bad it looks like an 80's english tv-movie. The acting was pompous, the costume looked paper made, the action inexistant, the political issues just treated in a ridiculous way... and the overall was just boring. (i think we even saw a light switch on a wall in the begining with light balls and pvc doors ?)

    The only good point was to see Henry Cavill naked.

    You want to see a good historical show ? watch Rome or Deadwood on HBO.moreless
  • Our first introduction into the sordid lives of the Tudors, episode one sets the scene for the first season of sex, lies and intrigue.

    The first episode of "The Tudors" was a mixed intro for me. I had been very much looking forward to having the time to sit down with my dvd player and really sink my teeth into this show; I had heard good things and, having not had the chance to see it on Showtime, had purchased the dvd release.

    What struck me about this show is that it does not seem to mind playing to a particular audience. This is very much history based and, unlike a film, I doubt that it will maintain many casual viewers over the course of its life. If you are not a student of history, or at least have a fascination with this period of time, there is not a lot here to maintain your interest.

    However, having said that, this first episode worked well for me. I already had a good understanding of this period of history and understood where all the characters fit. Rhys-Meyers takes on the role of Henry with absolute relish and appears very comfortable in his new role. He has taken on some very mixed roles during his career, many of which were interesting choices, to say the least. Taking on a lead role in a television series, when you are a successful film actor, is a risk - especially given the fickle nature of audiences at the present time. However his risk pays off, and I can imagine many fans of the show continuing with it simply for Rhys-Meyer's performance.

    This episode, however, doesn't really draw you deeply into the show. I was completely willing to persevere, but I can't imagine that all who watched this episode would have been. It definitely sets the tone for the show, however, and it is clear where the writers will be leading us, at least for a while.

    Overall, not the strongest pilot ever, but a strong episode in its own right and a solid introduction to a new series.moreless
Barry McGovern

Barry McGovern

Bishop Bonnivet

Guest Star

Anna Brewster

Anna Brewster

Anna Buckingham

Guest Star

Catherine Byrne

Catherine Byrne

Alice More

Guest Star

Blathnaid Mckeown

Blathnaid Mckeown

Princess Mary

Recurring Role

Joe van Moyland

Joe van Moyland

Thomas Tallis

Recurring Role

Steven Waddington

Steven Waddington


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: The French cardinal tells Wolsey that Pope Alexander is about to die. However, Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) died in 1503, six years before Henry VIII became king.

    • Goof: When Henry's ambassador to the Vatican arrives to Urbino, he walks by a door that has an ID reader and a switch by its side. Also, electric powered lights are visible on the ceiling of the corridor.

    • Goof: Both the crown depicted on Whitehall's gates and the one worn by the King have eight leaves and eight pearls, which is not a King's crown but the coronet of an earl, several ranks below.

    • Goof: The footage city view is captioned as supposed to depict Paris, France, but actually the city pictured is Vienna, Austria. The well known Stefansdom can be seen to the left of the image.

    • On April 1, The Tudors gave Showtime its highest-rated premiere night in three years.

    • Some historical notes: The character of Thomas Tallis didn't enter King Henry's court until around 1543. However, the show takes place before he met Anne Boleyn in 1525. Also, Elizabeth Blount gave birth to her son with Henry in 1519.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Queen Katherine: Though I love Your Majesty and I'm loyal to you, in every way, I cannot disguise my distress and unhappiness.
      King Henry: Well, you're going to have to.

    • King Henry: Tell me about King Francis, Sir Thomas.
      Thomas Boleyn: He's 23 years old.
      King Henry: Is he tall?
      Thomas Boleyn: Yes. But ill proportioned.
      King Henry: What about his legs? Are his calves strong like mine?
      Thomas Boleyn: Your Majesty no one has calves like yours.
      King Henry: Is he handsome?
      Thomas Boleyn: Some people might think so. He certainly thinks so himself.
      King Henry: He's vain?!
      Thomas Boleyn: Your Majesty... he's French!

    • Scribe: The letter to King Francis Your Majesty.
      King Henry: My Dearest Royal Cousin. No. Make that My Beloved Cousin. We send you our love. We love you so much it would be impossible to love you better. Make all the necessary arrangements so we may meet face to face. Nothing is now closer or more dear to my heart than this Treaty of Universal Peace. As a token of my good will, my commitment to this treaty and my love for Your Majesty I have decided.... I have decided...
      Scribe: Yes Majesty?
      King Henry: I've decided I will not shave again until we meet. My beard will be a token of Universal Friendship. Of the love between us.

    • Thomas More: As a humanist I have an abhorrence of war. It's an activity fit only for beasts yet practiced by no kind of beasts so constantly as by man.
      King Henry: As a humanist I share your opinion. As a King, I'm forced to disagree.
      Thomas More: Spoken like a lawyer.
      King Henry: You should know, you taught me.
      Thomas More: Not well enough it seems.

    • Charles Brandon: My Lady Buckingham. Would you do me the honour of letting me wear your favours today?

    • Thomas More: Do you really think we should go to war?
      Cardinal Wolsey: I think we should try to do as the King wants us to do.
      Thomas More: What if the King doesn't know what's in his best interests?
      Cardinal Wolsey: Then we should help him decide.

    • Buckingham: Your Majesty is certainly right. You have every reason to prosecute a war. Indeed, I warned you a year ago about French ambitions though it has taken this personal tragedy for your Majesty to accept my word!

    • King Henry: Why is Henry V remembered? Because he endowed Universities? Built Alms houses for the destitute? No. He is remembered because he won the 'Battle of Agincourt'. 3,000 English bowman against 60,000 French. The flower of French chivalry destroyed in 4 hours. That victory made him famous Thomas. It made him immortal!

    • Buckingham: You violated my daughter!
      Charles Brandon: No, no she begged.
      Buckingham: You've taken her honor!
      Charles Brandon: I swear to Your Grace, someone else was there before me!

    • King Henry: You are my wife. You are not my minister, you are not my chancellor, but my wife!

    • King Henry: An important question, whether it is better for a king to be feared or loved.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode is rated TV-MA for nudity, violence and adult content.

    • This episode was nominated for the 2007 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Germany: June 7, 2008 on ProSieben
      Greece: June 18, 2008 on Mega
      Switzerland: December 9, 2009 on SF1
      Spain: July 15, 2010 on TVE-1
      Slovakia: January 7, 2011 on Doma

    • Michael Hirst: The writer and executive producer has also written many other period movies such as The Golden Age, Elizabeth, and Giovane Casanova, II.