Henry VIII is fat, old and suffering from ill health as a wimple-wearing Lucy Worsley introduces the final programme in this three-part series.
Henry’s next marriage to Anne of Cleves lasts only six months and the following wife, Catherine Howard, is beheaded.
Finally, he weds Katherine Parr, who survives Henry by a year when he dies aged 55 in 1547. ‘That’s not the end of the story,’ says Lucy.
‘After Henry’s son Edward died, it was Queen Elizabeth I who ruled England for 44 years. She was our greatest monarch ever.
‘How ironic that after all that was endured to give Henry an heir, the Tudor dynasty was secured by a woman.’