9:30pm – Friday, April 1 on ABC2
Anne Boleyn’s (Natalie Dormer) plans to marry Henry (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) take on greater urgency when she becomes pregnant. Knowing the Pope (Peter O’Toole) is not convinced to annul his marriage, Henry asks for Rev.
Cranmer to be named Archbishop of Canterbury. Though both More (Jeremy Northam) and Fisher (Bosco Hogan) worry about the appointment, the Pope hopes it will keep Henry in Catholicism’s fold. However, no sooner does the Pope agree than Henry and Anne wed as Cranmer annuls his marriage.
Meanwhile, after Katherine learns she is being stripped of her title, Elizabeth Darrell asks Wyatt (Jamie Thomas King) to intercede.
Failing to assassinate Anne, Brereton returns to England. Despite all the preparations for a grand coronation, there is much discontent, and Brereton tries again. But he fails, and in Westminster Abbey, Cranmer oversees Anne’s coronation as the new Queen of England.
As Henry wonders if he’s done the right thing, and Princess Mary learns how her mother’s diminished status will now reflect on her, More tells Ambassador Chapuys (Anthony Brophy) to be careful now that Bishop Fisher is in prison. Anne begins to exercise her own authority, even as Katherine refuses to relinquish hers. Finally, as news arrives that the Pope has refused to recognise their marriage, and with his new wife refusing to have sex while she’s pregnant, Henry takes a mistress as Anne disappoints him even further by giving birth to a girl.