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Tudors reigns in ratings


Over 440,000 people tuned in to the first two episodes of The Tudors.

Over 440,000 people tuned in to the first two episodes of The Tudors.

Over 440,000 people tuned in to the first two episodes of The Tudors.

Corkman Jonathan Rhys Myers has topped the ratings with his hit show, The Tudors.

It's just two weeks into season two of the hugely popular programme and already TV3 are reporting enormous viewing figures, with over 440,000 people tuning in to catch the first two episodes.

A spokesperson for the station said: "It's very early days yet as we're at the just at the beginning of the series but so far the show is proving to be as popular as ever.

"It was a huge hit for TV3 last year and this season is no exception. Jonathan has a huge following and he's really been pulling in the viewers to date," the spokesperson added.

The Irish and Canadian-produced Tudors first hit the small screen in April 2007 and has proved to be one of TV3's biggest hits since its debut.


Filmed at Ardmore studios and on location throughout Wicklow and Dublin, the controversial show features several famous Irish landmarks, including Christchurch Cathedral, Kilruddery House, City Hall and Kilmainham Jail.

This season follows the tumultuous early years of King Henry VIII's near 40-year reign of England and explores Henry's eventful love life as he clashes with the Catholic Church over his marriage plans.

Viewers will witness the king coming under fire as he attempts to brush aside opposition to his bid for a divorce from Katherine of Aragon.

Marking one of the defining moments of history, fans of The Tudors will be kept glued to their television sets as the king continuously clashes with Pope Paul III, played by Peter O'Toole.

A newcomer to the series, O'Toole has won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, an Oscar and a Laurence Olivier award in his time and his joining the esteemed cast is said to be the 'holy grail' for the Irish show.


Meanwhile, a host of big name stars have been confirmed to turn up in the third series, which is currently in production.

Most notably being R&B singer Joss Stone, who will join the cast as Henry's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

Also joining the formidable cast of Meyers, Nick Dunning, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Hennry Cavill, is legendary Swedish actor Max von Sydow, who played Father Merrin in The Exorcist.

The star will join the bevy of talented actors as Cardinal Von Waldburg and will appear in four of the eight episodes of the third season as he tries to engineer the defeat of King Henry VIII.

The series will see Henry VIII marry his third queen Jane Seymour, played by Anita Briem, before he finally ties the knot with Anne of Cleves.