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Wolf Hall is a British television serial first broadcast on BBC Two in January 2015. The six-part series is an adaptation of two of Hilary Mantel's novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, a fictionalised biography documenting the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII through to the death of Sir Thomas More, followed by Cromwell's success in freeing the king of his marriage to Anne Boleyn. Wolf Hall was first broadcast in April in the United States on PBS and in Australia on BBC First.

SynopsisEdit

After the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey, his secretary, Thomas Cromwell, finds himself amongst the treachery and intrigue of King Henry VIII's court and soon becomes a close advisor to the King, a role fraught with danger. [1]

CastEdit

  • Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell
  • Damian Lewis as Henry VIII
  • Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn
  • Bernard Hill as Duke of Norfolk
  • Anton Lesser as Thomas More
  • Mark Gatiss as Stephen Gardiner
  • Mathieu Amalric as Eustache Chapuys
  • Joanne Whalley as Katherine of Aragon
  • Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey
  • Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Rafe Sadler
  • Tom Holland as Gregory Cromwell
  • Harry Lloyd as Harry Percy
  • Jessica Raine as Jane Rochford
  • Saskia Reeves as Johane Williamson
  • Charity Wakefield as Mary Boleyn

ReleaseEdit

Wolf Hall was first broadcast in April in the United States on PBS and in Australia on BBC First.

ReceptionEdit

Critics have been "almost unanimous" in their praise of the show, with particular reference to the attention to period detail, the faithful adaptation of the source novels, and the performances of the leading cast members, particularly Rylance as Cromwell. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the show a 100% rating based on 29 reviews with an average rating of 8.6/10. [2]

VideosEdit

Wolf Hall Trailer - BBC Two

Wolf Hall Trailer - BBC Two


ReferencesEdit

  1. imdb.com - Synopsis
  2. wikipedia.org - Release and Reception