Blakeway Productions and Motion Content Group have been commissioned to make a drama documentary series for Channel 5 about the life of Henry VIII.  Henry VIII: Man, Monarch, Monster (3 x 60 mins), will uncover how Henry VIII changed from a clever, handsome prince full of promise into an “overweight, paranoid multi-married monster.”

Blakeway, part of Zinc Media, has previously produced historical documentaries for the channel  including Tony Robinson’s History of Britain; Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family; Diana: 7 Days that Shook the World;  and Egyptian Tomb Hunting.

Emma Hindley, Emma Hindley, Creative Director, Zinc, says: “Henry VIII is an iconic monarch, famous throughout the world, yet few understand what influences made him become the person he ended up being.  We have worked with a team of Tudor experts and gained access to little-known historical records and documents never seen before on TV to help explain how Henry’s psychology and personality fundamentally shaped his rule – and therefore shaped England as a nation.  Henry VIII has huge international appeal so we are confident that this series will also be of interest to audiences around the world.”

Henry VIII: Man, Monarch, Monster investigates the real man behind the myth from how Henry VIII’s traumatic childhood would affect his personality, to his complex relationship with his controlling father and the traumatic effect of the death of his beloved mother.

Lucy Willis, Commissioning Editor Factual at Channel 5 says: “This series takes a fresh look at our most famous monarch, exploring in granular detail his transition from clever, promising, handsome prince to overweight, paranoid monster.”

Henry VIII : Man, Monarch, Monster was commissioned by Lucy Willis at Channel 5. It is Exec Produced by Emma Hindley for Blakeway at Zinc Media. Melanie Darlaston is exec for Motion Content. It is distributed internationally by TCB Media Rights.

Jon Creamer

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