Wolf Hall: Series 1 (2015)


Series 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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Critic Ratings: 52

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User Ratings: 616

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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 5, 2015
2
Air date: Apr 12, 2015
3
Air date: Apr 19, 2015
4
Air date: Apr 26, 2015
5
Air date: May 3, 2015
6
Air date: May 10, 2015

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Wolf Hall chronicles the life of Thomas Cromwell, based on the book series by Hilary Mantel. Witness Cromwell's rise of power in the Tudor household run by King Henry VIII.

Cast

Mark Rylance
as Thomas Cromwell
Damian Lewis
as King Henry VIII
Claire Foy
as Anne Boleyn
Jonathan Pryce
as Cardinal Wolsey
Bernard Hill
as Duke of Norfolk
Anton Lesser
as Thomas More
Thomas Sangster
as Rafe Sadler
Joss Porter
as Richard Cromwell
Hannah Steele
as Mary Shelton
Jessica Raine
as Jane Rochford
Edward Holcroft
as George Boleyn
Joel MacCormack
as Thomas Wriothesley
Tom Holland (II)
as Gregory Cromwell
Richard Dillane
as Duke of Suffolk
Saskia Reeves
as Johane Williamson
Luke Roberts
as Harry Norris
Mark Gatiss
as Stephen Gardiner
David Robb
as Sir Thomas Boleyn
Kate Phillips
as Jane Seymour
Will Keen
as Thomas Cranmer
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd
as Francis Weston
Ed Speleers
as Edward Seymour
Alastair Mackenzie
as William Brereton
Tim Plester
as Wolsey in Devil's Play
Max Fowler
as Mark Smeaton
Felix Scott
as Francis Bryan
Lucy Russell
as Lady Shelton
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Critic Reviews for Wolf Hall Series 1

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (29)

In the context of cartoony 21st-century television, this is quite dazzlingly restrained. What a palate cleanser. There's nothing else like it right now and it deserves to win a tonne of awards.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Watching Wolf Hall ... can be a bit like watching a chess game - a really shrewd and psychologically riveting chess game, but still.

Apr 9, 2015 | Full Review…

When it comes to PBS, the word "Masterpiece" is used rather liberally these days. But of all the myriad British exports to have been aired by the anthology series in recent years, Wolf Hall is one that truly earns the adjective.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Wolf Hall really is one of the genuine pleasures of the small screen this year, even if it doesn't initially make much of an effort (like Cromwell) to curry your favor.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Gorgeous, high-minded, beautifully acted and sluggish, it may be a stretch for those more accustomed to the Olivia Pope-Doug Stamper-Ray Donovan versions of fixers.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Yes, Wolf Hall has its moments if you have the endurance to wait for them.

Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's an elegant script, and not without a sense of humour. Even the title cards have a wry personality about them.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Rylance and Foy's back and forth is something to behold.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Elegant writing, coupled with a naturalistic storytelling, and the actors' comfortable feel for the material brings the world of Wolf Hall to life.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Wolf Hall looks beautiful. Every performance, from Bernard Hill's blustering Norfolk to Mark Gatiss' sly and smug Stephen Gardiner, are perfect.

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For historical drama buffs there'll more than enough to keep them happy with the lavish costumes, extinct diseases and iconic characters from the past made flesh by some of our finest acting talent.

Apr 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's horrifying and also exhilarating.

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Audience Reviews for Wolf Hall: Series 1

  • 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.
  • Apr 03, 2016
    -Wolf Hall is een Britse tv-serie voor het eerst uitgezonden op BBC 2 in januari 2015. De 6-delige serie is een aanpassing van twee van Hilary Mantel's romans, Wolf Hall en Bring Up the Bodies, een uiterst gefictionaliseerde biografie documenteert de snelle opkomst van Thomas Cromwell in het hof van Henry VIII tot de dood van Sir Thomas More, gevolgd door Cromwell's succes er in slagend de koning van zijn huwelijk met Anna Boleyn te bevrijden. Wolf Hall werd voor het eerst uitgezonden in april in de Verenigde Staten op PBS en in Australië op BBC. -De serie was een kritisch succes en kreeg acht nominaties bij de 67e Primetime Emmy Awards en drie nominaties bij de 73e Golden Globe awards, gewonnen voor Best Miniseries or Television Film. --Ontvangst: -Critici zijn "vrijwel unaniem" in de lof van de show met een bijzondere verwijzing naar de kostuums, decors en richting, evenals de prestaties van Rylance als Cromwell en Foy als Anne Boleyn. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes heeft de show een 100% score uit 29 beoordelingen met een gemiddelde score van 8.6/10. De kritische consensus luidt: "Prachtig gefilmd en briljant geacteerd, Wolf Hall brengt meesterlijk Hilary Mantel's bekroonde romans tot leven." Sam Wollaston in The Guardian noemde het "Uitgebreide, intelligente, event televisie." Will Dean, schrijvend voor The Independent, gaf hem vier van de vijf sterren. Hij geloofde niet dat het gunstig afstak bij de voorstelling van het boek, toch voorspelde het zou "veiligstellen een toevertrouwd gevolg." James Walton in The Daily Telegraph stelde de eerste aflevering vijf van de vijf sterren: "het is moeilijk te zien hoe dit veel beter kon gedaan worden." Audientie figuren hebben dit niet nagedacht, hoewel, met een aanzienlijke daling tussen de eerste en de tweede aflevering en klachten over het trage tempo. --Discussies over historische juistheid of ideologische uitgangspunten: -Er is nogal wat kritiek geuit door sommige rooms-katholieken van partijdigheid en onnauwkeurigheid in de serie (een soortgelijk verzoek gedaan met de romans), vooral wat betreft een vermeende gunstige voorstelling van Thomas Cromwell en een negatief beeld van Thomas More. Onder katholieken, George Weigel heeft verwezen naar de serie als "chique Anti-Catholicism". -Gregory Wolfe schreef in de Washington Post dat Wolf Hall "zal entertainen miljoenen - en dreigen te vervalsen de geschiedenis in het proces" en merkte op academische adviezen aan Cromwell, More, en Henry VIII ter ondersteuning van zijn betoog. Verschillende Amerikaanse katholieke bisschoppen zijn ook kritisch. -Elders, diverse historici (inclusief niet-katholieken) hebben hun bezorgdheid geuit over historische onnauwkeurigheid in de serie. -Constitutionele historicus David Starkey heeft gezegd: Voor een dergelijke conclusie over More en Cromwell uit de zeer moeilijke en ingewikkelde 16e-eeuwse bronnen is gewoon dom. Beide mannen geloofden in het idee om ideeën te bekrachtigen aan anderen door vervolging en executie. Ze waren het oneens welke ideeën. Wanneer gedrukt, Starkey verklaarde een lichte voorkeur voor More voor stervende "adellijk met schitterende zorgeloosheid". -Simon Schama heeft zorgen geuit over hoe het de historische figuren afbeeldt.
  • Mar 15, 2016
    Brilliant but not that accurate when it came to casting. Princess Mary with red hair when it was known she was dark haired? Ann Boleyn with blue eyes when it has been documented that she had very dark eyes? I was quite surprised by the casting of those two characters.

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