From a media release:
HEADS WILL FLY—SEASON TWO OF THE TUDORS PREMIERES ON CBC-TV, TUESDAY, SEPT. 30 AT 9 P.M.
The dramatic history of England’s most infamous royal, King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), returns in the Emmy®-nominated second season of THE TUDORS, premiering on CBC-TV, Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 9 p.m.
This season the stakes are high—the King becomes impatient with the Catholic Church after it seems unlikely to grant an annulment of his marriage to Queen Katherine (Gemini nominee Maria Doyle Kennedy). He appoints himself head of the Church of England, marries his beloved Anne Boleyn (Gemini nominee Natalie Dormer) in secrecy and declares his marriage to Katherine invalid.
Queen Anne soon gives birth to a daughter, Elizabeth, and like her predecessor, she knows that there will be far-reaching consequences if she does not produce a surviving male heir. Meanwhile, the King’s eye continues to wander, and to Anne’s discomfort and suspicion, Jane Seymour (Anita Briem) is made lady-in-waiting to the Queen. The Seymour family moves to Henry’s court and the wheels are set in motion for the beheading of King Henry’s second wife.
The second season of THE TUDORS features new cast members Peter O’Toole as Pope Paul III and Canadian David Alpay as Mark Smeaton, a musician in Henry’s court. Jeremy Northam and Henry Cavill return as Sir Thomas More and Charles Brandon.
Famed Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa (Fugitive Piesces, Dexter) directed the first and second episode of the season. Michael Hirst, writer and creator of THE TUDORS, also brought English history to life in the Academy Award®-winning feature films Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
The first season of THE TUDORS is nominated for 12 Gemini Awards, including Best Dramatic Series, Best Writing in a Dramatic Series and Best Costume Design. The Awards will be presented Friday, Nov. 28 at the Gemini Awards Gala in Toronto, Ont.