Having placed Princess Margaret (Gabrielle Anwar) in Brandon’s care for her journey to marry the elderly King of Portugal King Henry (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) explodes in anger at Martin Luther’s response to his pamphlet defending the Catholic Church, as Michael Hirst’s epic drama continues on BBC Two this Friday.
Even as good news arrives of Charles V’s defeat of the French the King remains distracted by his growing obsession with Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) as she coyly toys with him by refusing his lavish gifts. Meanwhile his discredited former Secretary, Pace, loses his mind in prison, leaving Wolsey (Sam Neill) free to appoint Thomas Cromwell as his replacement, and Thomas Boleyn informs Norfolk of the Cardinal’s financial improprieties.
In the wake of Charles V’s capture of Francis I, Henry orders a celebration of the glorious news, only to have the mood turn sour when both he and Knivert are injured during a joust. As Henry honours Knivert’s courage and loyalty by making him a knight, Katherine entrusts a messenger with a private letter to Charles V, warning him of Wolsey.
After she and Brandon seduce each other on board the ship bound for Lisbon, Margaret finally faces the moment she has been dreading � her marriage to the King of Portugal � while in England, Henry continues to pursue the beautiful, yet elusive, Anne.
Unbeknownst to Wolsey, Cromwell is allied with religious dissenters who are denouncing the Pope. While on a hunting trip with his courtiers, a failed attempt to vault across a bog nearly costs Henry his life. Finally, as Henry orders Wolsey to get him a divorce from Katherine, Margaret quietly smothers her new husband to death.
Friday 26 October, 9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO