Wolf Hall (2015)
7.8/10
445
3 user 5 critic

Three Card Trick 

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.

Director:

Peter Kosminsky

Writers:

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

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL

Photos

Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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 (...

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

dinner | bed | father figure | See All (3) »


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Company Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed