Review | Tudors

Credit: Jonathan Hession/Showtime

Airing: Sunday 4/11

Us Rating: ***1/2

It's the last round of ye royal drama! England, 1540: King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), middleaged but still mad with desire, has big plans. Like conquering France. And pleasing wife No. 5. Newcomer Tamzin Merchant is a burst of energy as new queen Katherine Howard, a luminous and lusty teen who's doomed to fail. Indeed, with heaps of tension--a blackmailer and a stalker lurk in the palace in the opener--this venerable show is as unpredictable and riveting as ever. (Showtime, 9 P.M.)

--John Griffiths