Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant (2009)

David Starkey standing in front of a view of a field landscape

David Starkey © Channel 4

What events shape the mind of a King?

Production Company: DOX Productions

Kent Locations: Penshurst Place

Next month, on June 24th 2009, it will be exactly 500 years since Henry VIII ascended to the British throne, which makes Dr David Starkey’s new TV series Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant timely indeed. Being widely recognised as the nation’s favourite Tudor expert, as well as Kent’s very own ‘local’ historian, Dr Starkey finally turns his critical eye upon Henry himself. His previous excursions into the monarch’s life concentrated largely on the etiquette of his court, his many wives, and the daughter who eventually succeeded him.

In this four-part biography, the focus is on how childhood events and familial relationships shaped the personality of the young prince, who took over the reign at only seventeen. It coincides with the release of Dr Starkey’s book, Henry: Virtuous Prince, in paperback and an exhibition Henry VIII: Man and Monarch, which he guest-curated for the British Library.

Rich in Tudor history, Kent was the perfect place to record some of the visuals for the series. Among others, Penshurst Place, with its strong Tudor connections, featured both in its own right, as well as being used as a backdrop for some of the drama elements in the series. Also, look out for the jousting at Cowden!

Penshurst Place is a 14th Century Manor House with preserved interiors, including the unique medieval Baron’s Hall as well as 11 acres of Elizabethan walled gardens. Penshurst Place is a popular film location having been previously used for Wolf Hall (2015), Merlin (2008) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

‘Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant’ starts on Channel 4 on Monday 6th April 2009 at 9pm; ‘Henry: Virtuous Prince’ is published by Harper Perennial; ‘Henry VIII: Man and Monarch’ opens at the British Library on 23 April 2009.  


For more information about filming in Kent contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For information about Penshurst Place:  http://www.penshurstplace.com/

For Henry VIII: Man and Monarch, see the British Library information at  www.bl.uk

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/