The scene of Thomas Cromwell tearing up a letter from Cardinal Wolsey is used in the opening credits.
The song King Henry is heard playing is called Greensleeves and according to a popular yet unproven legend, he actually composed the song. However, Scholars think this is unlikely, since its style was not known in England until after Henry's death.
The quote attributed to Prince Arthur (Henry's older brother and Catherine's first husband) by Sir Anthony Willoughby: "I have been this night in the midst of Spain" is allegedly a verbatim quote from 1501.
Princess Margaret: Softly love and to love softly. Dew on the sycamore branch. By the creaking gate where my heart hurries afterwards through the path of wheat along the briar, to that stone, under which I lie.
King Henry: I hear you've been unwell? Is it true?
Cardinal Wolsey: Majesty, when was I ever unwell enough not to serve you?
King Henry: That's what I thought.
Queen Katherine: Have you no kind things to say?
King Henry: Kind?
Queen Katherine: To your wife, the mother of your child. You treat me so unkindly and in public neglect me.
King Henry: Katherine, you must accept the inevitable. The weight of academic opinion is against us. We were never legally man and wife. And the court will decide in my favour and if the court does not decide in my favour, I shall denounce the pope as a heretic and marry whom I please.
Cardinal Wolsey: Try to discover by subtle means, through his agents, if the emperor is prepared to support his aunt by use of force.
Thomas More: You think he might invade England in support of the queen?
Cardinal Wolsey: I don't think anything, but I imagine everything.
King Henry: Wolsey promises me I will have a divorce by summer.
Anne Boleyn: Promises are easy.
Queen Katherine: I know also your malice against my nephew, the Emperor. You hate him like a scorpion. And why? Because he would not satisfy your ambition and make you pope by force.
Cardinal Wolsey: Madam, you should never presume...
Queen Katherine: My only satisfaction is that in frustrating you I hasten your fall from the King's good graces, an outcome I desire above all others.
This episode is rated TV-MA for bried nudity, adult language and adult content.
Original International Air Dates:
Greece: June 27, 2008 on Mega
Germany: June 28, 2008 on ProSieben
Switzerland: February 3, 2010 on SF1
Slovakia: February 25, 2011 on Doma