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The Tudors: Season 2

The Tudors: Season 2“Season 2 of the successful series
  The Tudors may not be faithful to
  history but this exciting historical
  drama based on the early reign of
  King Henry VIII is a visual delight as,
  against a backdrop of the colourful
  Tudor period, the monarch woos,
  marries and tires of Anne Boleyn
...

A SEXY, SUMPTUOUS AND LAVISH PORTRAYAL of one of the most tumultuous reigns in English history returns for a second sensational series as the Emmy award-winning drama The Tudors: Season 2 is released to buy on Blu-ray and DVD from 13 October (2008).

The demanding King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Match Point, Mission: Impossible III) has won the heart of the lovely Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer: Casanova) but Henry is to discover that sometimes an obsession can change the world.

The formidable Pope John III (the legendary Peter O'Toole) is head of the Catholic church that stands in the way of Henry's desire to put aside his Queen, Catherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy: Mystics, television's As Queer As Folk) in favour of his mistress, Anne Boleyn.

But as easily as he can dispense with his wife, Henry is also powerful enough to turn his back on Catholicism and replace it with another religion, creating for himself a position as head of the new Church of England and bringing down on his head the fury of Rome. It is an action that will change the country forever and spells danger for the devout Catholics — and as the pressures pile on, Henry begins to suffer disturbing nightmares.

As Anne takes her place alongside Henry at Court — where even the smallest indiscretion can spell disaster — the Fates are weighted against her. The king's controversial decisions will have a backlash and there are enemies who walk in the shadows while Anne attempts to deal with the passionate, political and emotional turmoil of life at Court — enemies who would not balk at threats, lies, deception and even murder to further their own cause or to bring about the downfall of a Queen.

Remembered today as 'Anne of the Thousand Days', Henry's new Queen is desperate to keep her husband's interest — even to the extent of choosing a lover for him while she is pregnant — but is soon to fall victim to the transience of his unquenchable desires, his desperation for a male heir, the machinations of the Court and Anne's hitherto unknown enemies. Because waiting in the wings is another beauty, Jane Seymour (Anna Briem: Journey To The Centre Of The Earth) whose family is as keen as the Boleyns to see one of their own rise to prominence and power.

Although purists will be disappointed if looking for stringent historical accuracy, The Tudors: Season 2 is superb historical fiction and is well acted and dramatised, with the passion, the danger, the infidelity and the malicious scheming of the times mixed with a large pinch of spice to great effect.

This well-paced drama comes from Michael Hirst, creator of the Oscar-winning Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. It was aired on primetime BBC2 before being released on DVD immediately after the gripping season finale.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers returns to the role of Henry and Jeremy Northam (Gosford Park) is Sir Thomas More. Also featured are: Henry Caville (Stardust, Tristan & Isolde) as Charles Brandon; Nick Dunning as Thomas Boleyn; James Frain as Thomas Cromwell; Padraic Delaney as George Boleyn; Jamie Thomas King as Thomas Wyatt; John Kavanagh as Cardinal Campeggio; Sam Neill as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey; Perdita Weeks as Mary Boleyn; Laura Jane Laughlin as Margaret "Madge" Sheldon and Max von Sydow as Otto Truchsess von Waldburg. The haunting music is by Trevor Moms and The Tudors was created and written by British screenwriter Michael Hirst, who is also an Executive Producer.

Plotting and passion abound in this royal romp back through history, which is also available to buy in a Blu-ray and DVD box set along with the acclaimed first series. In addition, The Tudors: Season 2 boasts a host of exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes that bring you closer than ever to the world of The Tudors.

The Tudors: Season 2 is now available to buy on Blu-ray and DVD (released 13 October, 2008), courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. (Contains female nudity).

"Although purists will be disappointed if looking for stringent historical accuracy, The Tudors: Season 2 is superb historical fiction and is well acted and dramatised, with the passion, the danger, the infidelity and the malicious scheming of the times mixed with a large pinch of spice to great effect" — MotorBar