Wolf Hall: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
Wolf Hall

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Beautifully filmed and brilliantly acted, Wolf Hall masterfully brings Hilary Mantel's award-winning novels to life.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2015

Thomas Cromwell's patron, Cardinal Wolsey, 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.

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Air date: Jan 28, 2015

Cardinal Wolsey has been forced out of court; for Thomas Cromwell, this is only a tactical retreat; in time the cardinal will regain the king's favor; Wolsey urges Cromwell to find a way to get close to Anne Boleyn.

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Air date: Feb 4, 2015

Although he has no official title, Cromwell is relied on more and more in the running of the king's affairs; Cromwell maneuvers a bill through Parliament acknowledging Henry rather than the Pope as head of the Church of England.

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Air date: Feb 11, 2015

Anne gives birth to a baby girl, Elizabeth, and Henry does little to hide his disappointment; Anne is aware that her power at court rests on producing a male heir and, in her paranoia, cracks appear in her relationship with Cromwell.

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Air date: Feb 18, 2015

The Act of Supremacy has declared Henry supreme head of the Church of England, but the Holy Roman Emperor and his ambassador, Eustache Chapuys, have refused to recognize either his new title or his marriage to Anne Boleyn.

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Air date: Feb 25, 2015

Anne accuses Cromwell of betrayal when she finds out he tried to protect Mary and not Elizabeth at a time of crisis, but Anne's power is dissolving rapidly and her enemies are gathering.

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Cast & Crew

Mark Rylance
Thomas Cromwell

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Damian Lewis
Henry VIII

Actor
Claire Foy
Anne Boleyn

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Jonathan Pryce
Cardinal Wolsey

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Bernard Hill
Duke of Norfolk

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Anton Lesser
Thomas More

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Mark Gatiss
Stephen Gardiner

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Mathieu Amalric
Eustache Chapuys

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Joanne Whalley
Katherine of Aragon

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Tom Holland
Gregory Cromwell

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Bryan Dick
Solicitor General Richard Riche

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Critic Reviews for Wolf Hall: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Wolf Hall: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    Based on Hilary Mantel's award-winning novel of the same name, the Wolf Hall TV series did its source material justice. The excellent Mark Rylance puts in a great understated performance as Thomas Cromwell, while the rest of the cast is stacked with talent. The way the scenes are designed and the series is filmed creates a compelling sense of being transported back to Tudor England. There was some controversy at the time of the show's release about the lighting during night time scenes, but in my view the use of only setting-appropriate sources of light, such as candles, was a strength - a loving attention to detail that not only made the shots beautiful but added to overall immersion. Everything about this series, from the writing and directing to the costumes, shows the mark of care and quality.
  • May 07, 2022
    I've seen it three times now, and it gets better on every watch.
  • 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

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