Wolf Hall (2015)
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In 1529, as Cardinal Wolsey receives news of his dismissal as Lord Chancellor, his lawyer, Thomas Cromwell, reminisces about how he and Wolsey met and the events leading up to the Cardinal's downfall.


Peter Kosminsky


Hilary Mantel (novels), Peter Straughan (adapted by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Rylance ... Thomas Cromwell
Bernard Hill ... Duke of Norfolk
Richard Dillane ... Duke of Suffolk
Jonathan Pryce ... Cardinal Wolsey
Robert Wilfort ... George Cavendish
Claire Foy ... Anne Boleyn
Harry Lloyd ... Harry Percy
David Robb ... Sir Thomas Boleyn
Mark Gatiss ... Stephen Gardiner
Natasha Little ... Liz Cromwell
Emilia Jones ... Anne Cromwell
Athena Droutis ... Grace Cromwell
Thomas Brodie-Sangster ... Rafe Sadler
Joss Porter ... Richard Cromwell
Max Fowler ... Mark Smeaton


Thomas Cromwell's (Mark Rylance) patron, Cardinal Wolsey (Jonathan Pryce), is dismissed as Lord Chancellor and forced to flee his palace at York Place. The old noble families of England, jealous of their own right to advise the King, have long waited for this moment. Cromwell readies Wolsey's palace in exile at Esher and sets forth a plan to return him to the King's favour. Thomas More (Anton Lesser) is appointed Lord Chancellor in the Cardinal's place. The Cardinal has not endeared himself in Court, with many believing him to be too powerful and greedy. Eight years ago, at the height of the Cardinal's career, he made an enemy of Thomas Boleyn (David Robb) by chastising him for his daughter Anne's far from virtuous reputation. As rumours circulated in Court that Anne was secretly betrothed to Harry Percy (Harry Lloyd), the Cardinal insisted that no such match would be allowed. Still lacking a male heir, the King is desperate for an annulment from his marriage to Katherine of Aragon (...

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Claire Foy (Anne Boleyn) & Kate Phillips (Jane Seymour) also worked together on The Crown (2016) as Queen Elizabeth II & Venetia Scott respectively. See more »


George Cavendish: Don't you think it's something about the English? They cannot see a great man set up, but they have to pull him down.
Thomas Cromwell: It's not the English, it's just people.
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House of Cards with stilettos
22 January 2015 | by eyez00See all my reviews

This is high powered political drama where the stakes aren't electoral oblivion but your neck and the necks of your friends and family.

There's a Greasy Pole. Very powerful and ruthless men are fighting to climb it and at the top sits the most ruthless and the most powerful. Damien Lewis just gives us a hint of the brooding megalomania and sadism lurking underneath the King's regal vernier in this first episode.

Now throw the Boleyn sisters into the mix. Sexy. Deadly. Able to outmanoeuvre Cardinal Wolsey, the man who had clawed his way to the top of the pole to be Henry's principle GoTo Fixer. Ann manipulating the king by NOT sleeping with him.

Mark Rylance is good. Jonathan Pyrce is very good. Thinking Claire Foy is gonna steal a lot more scenes and anticipating the chemistry between her and Lewis.

Can't wait for episode 2.

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