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Wolf Hall 

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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.
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Series cast summary:
Mark Rylance ...  Thomas Cromwell 6 episodes, 2015
Damian Lewis ...  Henry VIII 6 episodes, 2015
Claire Foy ...  Anne Boleyn 6 episodes, 2015
Thomas Brodie-Sangster ...  Rafe Sadler 6 episodes, 2015
Joss Porter ...  Richard Cromwell 6 episodes, 2015
Bernard Hill ...  Duke of Norfolk 6 episodes, 2015
Hannah Steele ...  Mary Shelton 6 episodes, 2015
Jessica Raine ...  Jane Rochford 6 episodes, 2015
Tom Holland ...  Gregory Cromwell 6 episodes, 2015
Richard Dillane ...  Duke of Suffolk 5 episodes, 2015
Saskia Reeves ...  Johane Williamson 5 episodes, 2015
Luke Roberts ...  Harry Norris 5 episodes, 2015
David Robb ...  Sir Thomas Boleyn 5 episodes, 2015
Kate Phillips ...  Jane Seymour 5 episodes, 2015
Edward Holcroft ...  George Boleyn 5 episodes, 2015
Joel MacCormack ...  Thomas Wriothesley 5 episodes, 2015
Will Keen ...  Thomas Cranmer 5 episodes, 2015
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd Jacob Fortune-Lloyd ...  Francis Weston 5 episodes, 2015
Mark Gatiss ...  Stephen Gardiner 4 episodes, 2015
Anton Lesser ...  Thomas More 4 episodes, 2015
Jonathan Pryce ...  Cardinal Wolsey 4 episodes, 2015
Max Fowler ...  Mark Smeaton 4 episodes, 2015
Ed Speleers ...  Edward Seymour 4 episodes, 2015
Alastair Mackenzie ...  William Brereton 4 episodes, 2015
Tim Plester ...  Wolsey in Devils Play 4 episodes, 2015
Felix Scott ...  Francis Bryan 4 episodes, 2015
Joanne Whalley ...  Katherine of Aragon 3 episodes, 2015
Iain Batchelor Iain Batchelor ...  Thomas Seymour 3 episodes, 2015
Mary Jo Randle Mary Jo Randle ...  Mercy Pryor 3 episodes, 2015
Natasha Little ...  Liz Cromwell 3 episodes, 2015
Charity Wakefield ...  Mary Boleyn 3 episodes, 2015
Harry Lloyd ...  Harry Percy 3 episodes, 2015
Tim Steed Tim Steed ...  Lord Chancellor Audley 3 episodes, 2015
Samuel Bottomley ...  Young Thomas Cromwell 3 episodes, 2015
James Larkin ...  Master Treasurer Fitzwilliam 3 episodes, 2015
Bryan Dick ...  Solicitor General Richard Riche / ... 3 episodes, 2015
Robert Wilfort ...  George Cavendish 2 episodes, 2015
Jonathan Aris ...  James Bainham 2 episodes, 2015
Sarah Crowden ...  Lady Exeter 2 episodes, 2015
Janet Henfrey Janet Henfrey ...  Lady Margaret Pole 2 episodes, 2015
Mathieu Amalric ...  Eustace Chapuys 2 episodes, 2015
Enzo Cilenti ...  Antonio Bonvisi 2 episodes, 2015
Paul Ritter ...  Sir John Seymour 2 episodes, 2015
Aimee-Ffion Edwards ...  Elizabeth Barton 2 episodes, 2015
Athena Droutis ...  Grace Cromwell 2 episodes, 2015
Monica Dolan ...  Alice More 2 episodes, 2015
Christopher Fairbank ...  Walter Cromwell 2 episodes, 2015
Emma Hiddleston Emma Hiddleston ...  Meg More 2 episodes, 2015
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England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the King dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The Pope and most of Europe oppose him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer, and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph? Written by mccutcj2

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5 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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A few dissenting voices found some flaws in the series. The Daily Telegraph alleges that there was a substantial drop in ratings between the first and second episode, despite all the following episodes holding high and consistent ratings. Simon Schama has stated concerns about how the series depicts historical figures. See more »

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Cromwell walks (fearless) among giants
6 April 2015 | by donb-519-335075See all my reviews

As a life long Anglophile - with a special passion for the Tudors, I could not wait for this series - after only the first episode, I was not disappointed. Wolf Hall is the story of a (not so well known) Tudor personage Thomas Cromwell - lawyer and confidant of Cardinal Wolsey - who at one time early in Henry VIII's reign was "the most powerful man in England." After Wolsey's decline (none of them stay on top forever), Cromwell worked with King Henry VIII directly.

The fascinating thing about Cromwell is that he was a lowly born commoner, but possesses a quick mind, a sharp tongue and is utterly fearless. Mark Rylance is a great Cromwell - not striking in appearance - quite ordinary in fact, yet possessing the qualities that took him far. Even though after only a short glimpse of Damian Lewis in the first episode, I believe he will be a great Henry (based more on his past performances than anything else.)

Aside from being about one of the most interesting families and time periods in history, Wolf Hall's writing scintillates. These types of dramas are long on dialogue and short on action (so Fast and Furious or Mission Impossible fans - stay away), but the dialogue makes the story.

Some examples:

After Wolsey is disgraced (he failed to secure the annulment of Henry's first marriage to Catherine of Aragon from the Pope), Cromwell goes to Anne Boleyn - who is waiting in the wings as Henry wife #2:

Anne: "we only asked the Cardinal (Wolsey) for one simple thing (meaning the annulment)"

Cromwell: "It wasn't simple"

Anne: . . ."Maybe you think I am simple?"

Cromwell: "You may be, I hardly know you."

In Henry's court, no one talks to the next Queen in line like that.

Later, Cromwell visits Norfolk (who was an avowed enemy of Wolsey):

Cromwell: I hope he (The King) doesn't think still of invading France"

Norfolk: "What Englishman doesn't??" "We own France!!"

later same conversation:

Norfolk: "tell him (Wolsey) if he doesn't (go North) I'll come to him and I will tear him with my teeth!!

Cromwell:"May I substitute the word "bite" for "tear?"

Finally in the next scene Cromwell meets Henry and their subsequent discussion concerning a re-invasion of France shows how snarky and smart assed Cromwell can be - even to the King's face.

It is brilliant.

And of course if you have visited England, the scenery and castles will bring back fond memories of your visit.

The Tudors have been a popular subject of movies for some time (Keith Michell - 1970 Six Wives of Henry VIII; or a pretty complete list at http://tudorhistory.org/movies/), this one promises to be one of the best.

I cannot wait for subsequent episodes. DonB


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