Showtime's 'Tudors' head to BBC Two
Described by Sue Deeks, head of series at BBC Programme Acquisition, as "a lavish, highly entertaining and addictive historical drama which takes a fresh look at Henry VIII," the show delivered record-breaking ratings for a series debut when it aired on US premium channel Showtime in April.
The series was filmed in Ireland with a predominantly British cast. Jonathan Rhys Meyers (MI:3) plays Henry VIII and Jeremy Northam (Gosford Park) plays Sir Thomas More.
The cast also includes Jurassic Park's Sam Neill, Peter O'Toole's daughter Kate O'Toole, Gabrielle Anwar (Scent of a Woman) as Princess Margaret and Henry Czerny (The Pink Panther).
"Jonathan Rhys Meyers sexy and vital monarch completely dispels the image of the older, overweight and infirm ruler – I know that BBC viewers will really enjoy this contemporary take on the Tudor dynasty," said Deeks.