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After the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey, his secretary, Thomas Cromwell, finds himself amongst the treachery and intrigue of King Henry VIII's court and soon becomes a close advisor to the King, a role fraught with danger.
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Series cast summary:
Joss Porter ...
 Duke of Norfolk 6 episodes, 2015
 Mary Shelton 6 episodes, 2015
 Jane Rochford 6 episodes, 2015
 Gregory Cromwell 6 episodes, 2015
 Duke of Suffolk 5 episodes, 2015
 Johane Williamson 5 episodes, 2015
 Harry Norris 5 episodes, 2015
 George Boleyn 5 episodes, 2015
Joel MacCormack ...
 Thomas Wriothesley 5 episodes, 2015
 Thomas Cranmer 5 episodes, 2015
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd ...
 Francis Weston 5 episodes, 2015
 Stephen Gardiner 4 episodes, 2015
 Thomas More 4 episodes, 2015
 William Brereton 4 episodes, 2015
 Wolsey in Devils Play 4 episodes, 2015
Felix Scott ...
 Francis Bryan 4 episodes, 2015
 Katherine of Aragon 3 episodes, 2015
Iain Batchelor ...
 Thomas Seymour 3 episodes, 2015
Mary Jo Randle ...
 Mercy Pryor 3 episodes, 2015
 Liz Cromwell 3 episodes, 2015
 Harry Percy 3 episodes, 2015
Tim Steed ...
Samuel Bottomley ...
 Young Thomas Cromwell 3 episodes, 2015
 Master Treasurer Fitzwilliam 3 episodes, 2015
 Solicitor General Richard Riche / ... 3 episodes, 2015
Robert Wilfort ...
 James Bainham 2 episodes, 2015
Janet Henfrey ...
 Lady Margaret Pole 2 episodes, 2015
 Eustace Chapuys 2 episodes, 2015
 Antonia Bonvisi / ... 2 episodes, 2015
 Sir John Seymour 2 episodes, 2015
Athena Droutis ...
 Grace Cromwell 2 episodes, 2015
 Alice More 2 episodes, 2015
 Walter Cromwell 2 episodes, 2015
Emma Hiddleston ...
 Meg More 2 episodes, 2015


England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the King dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The Pope and most of Europe oppose him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer, and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph? Written by mccutcj2

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Cromwell walks (fearless) among giants
6 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

As a life long Anglophile - with a special passion for the Tudors, I could not wait for this series - after only the first episode, I was not disappointed. Wolf Hall is the story of a (not so well known) Tudor personage Thomas Cromwell - lawyer and confidant of Cardinal Wolsey - who at one time early in Henry VIII's reign was "the most powerful man in England." After Wolsey's decline (none of them stay on top forever), Cromwell worked with King Henry VIII directly.

The fascinating thing about Cromwell is that he was a lowly born commoner, but possesses a quick mind, a sharp tongue and is utterly fearless. Mark Rylance is a great Cromwell - not striking in appearance - quite ordinary in fact, yet possessing the qualities that took him far. Even though after only a short glimpse of Damian Lewis in the first episode, I believe he will be a great Henry (based more on his past performances than anything else.)

Aside from being about one of the most interesting families and time periods in history, Wolf Hall's writing scintillates. These types of dramas are long on dialogue and short on action (so Fast and Furious or Mission Impossible fans - stay away), but the dialogue makes the story.

Some examples:

After Wolsey is disgraced (he failed to secure the annulment of Henry's first marriage to Catherine of Aragon from the Pope), Cromwell goes to Anne Boleyn - who is waiting in the wings as Henry wife #2:

Anne: "we only asked the Cardinal (Wolsey) for one simple thing (meaning the annulment)"

Cromwell: "It wasn't simple"

Anne: . . ."Maybe you think I am simple?"

Cromwell: "You may be, I hardly know you."

In Henry's court, no one talks to the next Queen in line like that.

Later, Cromwell visits Norfolk (who was an avowed enemy of Wolsey):

Cromwell: I hope he (The King) doesn't think still of invading France"

Norfolk: "What Englishman doesn't??" "We own France!!"

later same conversation:

Norfolk: "tell him (Wolsey) if he doesn't (go North) I'll come to him and I will tear him with my teeth!!

Cromwell:"May I substitute the word "bite" for "tear?"

Finally in the next scene Cromwell meets Henry and their subsequent discussion concerning a re-invasion of France shows how snarky and smart assed Cromwell can be - even to the King's face.

It is brilliant.

And of course if you have visited England, the scenery and castles will bring back fond memories of your visit.

The Tudors have been a popular subject of movies for some time (Keith Michell - 1970 Six Wives of Henry VIII; or a pretty complete list at, this one promises to be one of the best.

I cannot wait for subsequent episodes. DonB

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