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'Wolf Hall' Coming to Masterpiece in April 2015

A major new adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels

Wolf Hall - Bring Up the Bodies - Cover ArtThe highly anticipated adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies will come to North American small screens as a six-part series on Masterpiece starting Sunday, April 5, 2015.

Internationally acclaimed actor Mark Rylance is Thomas Cromwell, a brutal blacksmith’s son who rises from the ashes of personal disaster, and deftly picks his way through a court where ‘man is wolf to man.’ Emmy-nominated Damian Lewis (Homeland) is King Henry VIII, haunted by his brother’s premature death and obsessed with protecting the Tudor dynasty by securing his succession with a male heir to the throne.

Told from Cromwell’s perspective, Wolf Hall follows the complex machinations and backroom dealings of this pragmatic and accomplished power broker from humble beginnings and with an enigmatic past—who must serve king and country while dealing with deadly political intrigue, Henry VIII’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn and the religious upheavals of the Protestant reformation.

A historical drama for a modern audience, this unromanticized re-telling lifts the veil on the Tudor middle class and the internal struggles England faced on the brink of Reformation. At the center of it all is Cromwell, navigating the moral complexities that accompany the exercise of power, trapped between his desire to do what is right and his instinct to survive.

The cast also includes Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) as the future queen Anne Boleyn, Bernard Hill (Five Days) as the king's military commander the Duke of Norfolk, Anton Lesser (Endeavour) as Thomas More, Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) as Cromwell’s rival advisor Stephen Gardiner, Joanne Whalley (The Borgias) as Henry’s spurned first wife, Katherine of Aragon, and Jonathan Pryce (Cranford) as Cardinal Wolsey, the powerful Lord Chancellor who recognized Cromwell’s potential.

The Wolf Hall anticipation began back in October 2013 with the original announcement from Masterpiece. This six-part drama premiered yesterday in the UK on BBC Two. Wolf Hall follows the meteoric rise of Cromwell in the Tudor court, from his lowly start as the son of a blacksmith to becoming King Henry VIII’s closest advisor. Check the Masterpiece website for the latest news. (Read this review of episode one by James Walton of The Telegraph.)

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See what guest blogger Amie Simon had to say about the first episode of Wolf Hall. Plus, we put together a pinboard of fiction and non-fiction novels similar to Wolf Hall.


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'Bring up the bodies' is an amazing effort by Hilary..She is an amazing writer.

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All my friends in the UK are watching this and loving it. Can't wait!

Have just finished reading 'Bring up the Bodies' purchased at Heathrow, (on my way home) after catching a single episode of 'Wolf Hall' in the UK. A page-turner, great writing.
I will be eagerly anticipating the opportunity to see the complete series. The cast is superb - another BBC gem.

i loved the books and anticipate seeing the series. How can 1,000 pages of 2 well written page turners be contained within 6 episodes and remain coherent?

any idea how one can see Wolf Hall ???
impossible to find a schedule of when it repeats...Myself and others have been scrambling for a month to figure out when it will be replayed on PBS.

or even how to buy the DVDs ---never seen something so poorly promoted

<p>Bob, <br/>
Thanks for your comment. We will be re-airing Wolf Hall Sundays in August. Until then, you can get Season 1 on DVD or Blue ray by clicking on the red button at the top right of the page and donating. You can search for Wolf Hall after selecting the orange "Thank You Gift" button.</p>

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