9:30pm – Friday, March 25 on ABC2
Henry (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is busy courting Anne (Natalie Dormer) while trying to deny Katherine (Maria Doyle Kennedy) access to his court. When Brandon (Henry Cavill) tells him that Anne and Wyatt (Jamie Thomas King) were lovers, Henry says he believes her denials and prepares to take her to see the King of France. As debate arises over Henry’s right to refuse orders from Rome, Cromwell (James Fraine) presses the Archbishop of Canterbury to consent to the King’s will, even as Thomas More (Jeremy Northam) continues voicing his concerns. Meanwhile, at Anne’s urging, Henry banishes Brandon from his court.
Henry gets a strong reminder of the depth of the dissent when a priest at the royal chapel openly denounces his plan to marry Anne. But he won’t back down, and Archbishop Warham reluctantly presents him with a document proclaiming the church’s loyalty. More resigns but promises not to speak publicly against Henry. To refute the rumours Henry invites Wyatt to France, and solidifies Anne’s position by making her the Marquess of Pembroke.
Meanwhile, sent to reclaim the crown jewels, Wyatt seduces one of Katherine’s ladies-in-waiting. When Archbishop Warham dies, Fisher (Bosco Hogan) asks More to help stop the King’s effort to usurp the Pope’s authority.
And as More prepares his family for his possible martyrdom, Ambassador Chapuys secretly plots to assassinate Anne. As the King uses the visit to gain Francis I’s support, Henry’s presence in her bed keeps the assassin at bay.