Wolf Hall on Masterpiece: Season 1 (2015)


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Wolf Hall on Masterpiece

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Air date: Apr 5, 2015

The historical drama about Thomas Cromwell and the Tudor court begins with King Henry VIII, desperate for an annulment from Katherine of Aragon, stripping Cardinal Wolsey his powers. Wolsey, hoping to regain the king's favor, turns to his ever-loyal aide Thomas Cromwell for help.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2015

While Wolsey is in York, Cromwell remains in London in an effort to return the cardinal to the king's favor. As Cromwell's relationship with Henry deepens, unexpected news arrives from the north.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2015

It's left to Cromwell to orchestrate a marriage between Henry and Anne Boleyn. Cromwell is rewarded for his loyalty, but he's being watched by his enemies.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2015

Anne gives birth to a baby girl. In other events, Cromwell demands that the nobility and church swear an oath acknowledging Anne as lawful queen.

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Air date: May 3, 2015

Henry takes notice of Jane Seymour while Anne, who's pregnant again, is away; and when Anne hears of it, she threatens Cromwell to make terms with her before her son's birth.

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Air date: May 10, 2015

In the Season 1 finale, Henry orders Cromwell to rid him of his second queen, Anne Boleyn.

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The story of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance), the son of a brutal blacksmith who rises through the social classes to become the chief adviser to King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis), a position once held by his mentor, Cardinal Wolsey (Jonathan Pryce). It's in that capacity that he helps the controversial monarch orchestrate an annulment from Katherine of Aragon (Joanne Whalley)—and a break from the Catholic Church—so that he can wed the tempting and tempestuous Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy). Adapted from Hilary Mantel's novels "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies."

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Mark Rylance
Thomas Cromwell
Damian Lewis
Henry VIII
Claire Foy
Anne Boleyn
Jonathan Pryce
Cardinal Wolsey
Bernard Hill
Duke of Norfolk
Anton Lesser
Thomas More
Mark Gatiss
Stephen Gardiner
Mathieu Amalric
Eustache Chapuys
Joanne Whalley
Katherine of Aragon
Mark Pybus
Producer
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  • Feb 24, 2021
    After the rave reviews I was disappointed. The documentary-like use of shaky cam and following Master Cromwell from behind was not realistic or true to period; it took me out of the time period and kept reminding me "this is a modern movie about the past" so I couldn't get lost in it. The implication that the bulk of the information against Anne Boleyn came from Jane Rochford when there's strong historical evidence that the top snitch was Elizabeth Somerset, Countess of Worcester is copy-catting: "Jane Rochford did it" has been done to death. Anne as shrew and her sister Mary as sweet saint is a ripoff of The Other Boleyn Girl. Finally, depicting someone as shrewd and ruthless as Thomas Cromwell as staring poignantly at people like a depressed basset hound made no sense. If the books were as weak as this mini series, the awards baffle me.
  • Sep 15, 2020
    A strong character and political thriller that brings an entirely new perspective and drama to the familiar story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Stellar performances along with a cinema verite cinematography help create an excellent miniseries.
  • Apr 22, 2020
    Excellent. Had to warm up to Mark Rylance's understated performance. However if you read the book, Cromwell learned at an early age not to show emotion for fear his father would beat the crap out of him. Watch Rylance in the first episode where a single tear rolls down Cromwell's cheek upon receiving bad news. Great writing. Great performances. Filmed on location where events took place with no set construction and with natural lightIng (by candle) at night give it authenticity. I keep bin watching this. I hope they all return for "The Mirror and the Light."
  • Dec 11, 2018
    Streamlining a thousand pages of fiction into six dense hour-long episodes, this is a darkly-lit, finely acted and thoroughly compelling series that unfolds like a real-life house of cards.
  • Jan 03, 2018
    I loved the pace and presence of this film, it felt authentically 16th century, superb acting, exquisite music. Every frame looked like a Renaissance/Baroque painting.
  • Nov 18, 2017
    A great 7-episode mini-series which depicts the early years of reign of King Henry VIII in which, Thomas Cromwell finds himself amongst the treachery and intrigue of King Henry VIII's court and soon becomes his close advisor, a role full with danger, as he has to deal with Anne Boleyn's most intrincate problems. Mark Rylance, Damien Lewis and Claire Foy performances are great and the main theme is so good!
  • Mar 11, 2017
    not as good as people say. decent to watch once
  • Jan 04, 2017
    Cinema at its finest
  • Aug 01, 2016
    I just binged watched this whole series through Amazon Prime this past weekend and relished every second. Very faithfully adapted from Hillary Mantel's brilliant novels. I can't wait for the third book/second installment of this miniseries. PS- Mark Rylance and ensemble are pitch perfect.
  • Jul 29, 2016
    Mark Rylance é um ator excepcional.

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