BAFTA-winning director Peter Kosminsky directs this major adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for BBC Two. Mark Rylance stars as Thomas Cromwell, puppet master in Henry VIII’s volatile court. A former soldier and banker from humble beginnings, Cromwell clears the path for the King’s divorce from the Catholic Catherine of Aragon, allowing Anne Boleyn to become Queen. England is left vulnerable and isolated following this break from Rome and when Anne fails to produce the heir that will secure England’s future, King Henry turns his attention to plain Jane Seymour. Once again Cromwell must manipulate the court to satisfy Henry’s desires, whilst navigating his own meteoric rise.
Written by Peter Straughan and also starring Damian Lewis and Claire Foy.
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