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Feb 25,2017

Magazine Scans Update

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May 10,2016

More Photos from the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016

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May 09,2016

House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016

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May 08,2016

The BAFTA TV Award for Leading Actor goes to the incredible Mark Rylance

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“We’re a nation of storytellers. Long may that live” Wonderful words frm Mark Rylance on his 2nd BAFTA win this year.

Oscar winner Mark Rylance won another award at the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards on Sunday, where he was named the best actor in a dramatic television series for “Wolf Hall.”

“Wolf Hall” was also named the best drama series, “Peter Kay’s Car Share” won for scripted comedy series and “This Is England ’90” won for best miniseries.

Acting awards went to Rylance, Suranne Jones for “Doctor Foster,” Tom Courtenay for “Unforgotten,” Chanel Cresswell for “This is England ’90,” Peter Kay for “Peter Kay’s Car Share,” Michaela Coel for “Chewing Gum”and Leigh Francis for “Celebrity Juice.”

“Wolf Hall” went into the show as the most-nominated show; it, “This Is England ’90” and “Peter Kay’s Car Share” were the only programs to win more than one award.

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May 08,2016

Wolf Hall wins best drama BAFTA

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Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky uses his acceptance speech to defend the independence of the BBC BAFTA TV Awards. Kosminsky triggers ovation protest at Government threats to BBC and Channel4: don’t cut it BBC!

By Sarah Doran
Sunday 8 May 2016 at 7:50PM

Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminksy launched a passionate defence of the BBC when he took to the Bafta TV Awards stage to accept the award for Best British Drama this evening.

“In a week John Whittigdale described the disappearance of the BBC as ‘a tempting prospect’, I’d like to say a few words in defence of that organisation,” Kosminsky said on stage in London.

The director of the Bafta-winning BBC2 drama said that it was time for viewers to “stand up and fight” for the public broadcaster against what he saw as the government’s “dangerous nonsense.”

The government’s White Paper on the future of the BBC is due to be published this month, examining the next BBC charter and the scope of the BBC’s remit.

“I think most people would agree that the BBC’s main job is to speak truth to power, to report to the British public without fear or favour,” Kosminsky said. “It’s a public broadcaster independent of government, not a state broadcaster. All of this is under threat right now.”

“The Secretary of State has talked about putting six government nominees on to the editorial board of the BBC,” he continued. “And as a sign of things to come, the Secretary of State has been telling the BBC when to schedule its main news bulletin, what programmes it should make, and what programmes it shouldn’t make. It’s not something I thought I’d see in my lifetime in this country.”

Kosminsky went on to compare the situation to that of North Korea or Russia, and argued that Channel 4 was also under threat, telling the audience that government suggestions of privatisation would “eviscerate” the broadcaster.

“This is really scary stuff folks, and do you know what? It’s not their BBC, it’s your BBC. In many ways our broadcasting – the BBC and Channel 4 – is the envy of the world and we should stand up and fight for it, not let it go by default, and if we don’t, blink and it’ll be gone. No more Wolf Halls, no more Dispatches,” he said.

“It’s time for us to stand up and say no to this dangerous nonsense,” he ended.

The audience responded with a standing ovation for the Wolf Hall director.

After leaving the stage, the director said in the Bafta press conference that “without the BBC Wold Hall would not have been made.” Wolf Hall’s leading actor Mark Rylance backed up his director’s speech, saying, “I agree with them completely. I’ve made wonderful work with the BBC.”

Last week the Department for Culture, Media and Sport agreed to take into consideration the views of 9,000 Radio Times readers which it had previously ignored during the consultation stage.

Radio Times editor Ben Preston said at the time, “Soon we’ll discover whether the Culture Secretary has actually listened to your overwhelming support for an independent public service broadcaster supported by the licence fee. Watch this space.”

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Mar 27,2016

Royal Television Society Awards

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This is the first time that Claire attended a public event in over a year!

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Mar 25,2016

“Wolf Hall” > DVD Featurettes Pt. II

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Mar 23,2016

“Wolf Hall” > DVD Featurettes Pt. I

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Mar 23,2016

Last laugh for Wolf Hall as it wins best lighting Bafta nomination

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Wolf Hall is up for best photography and lighting at the Bafta television craft awards, despite a row over gloomy scenes

By Hannah Furness, Arts Correspondent

The makers of Wolf Hall have had the last laugh in the debate over their use of authentic candles in filming, as they are nominated for best lighting at the Bafta Television Craft Awards.

Gavin Finney was nominated for best photography and lighting for the BBC period drama, going up against The Frankenstein Chronicles, Fortitude and London Spy.

The nomination will be a moment of jubilation for the team, after the drama, broadcast last year, was initially blighted by audience complaints about its lighting. Read the rest of this entry »



Mar 04,2016

Claire Foy nominated for Best Actress at the Royal Television Society Awards

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The nominations for the Royal Television Society Awards 2016 have been announced and there’s no room for Mark Rylance’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Thomas Cromwell in the BBC’s Wolf Hall.

Claire Foy, who played the part of Anne Boleyn in the adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s historical novels, has however been nominated for Best Actress alongside Suranne Jones, for Doctor Foster, and Claire Rushbrook, for Home Fires. Somewhat surprisingly Nicola Walker, whose performances in both ITV’s Unforgotten and the BBC’s River gathered her rave reviews last autumn, has not been nominated.

As for Rylance, he will have to make do with the Oscar he recently scooped for Bridge of Spies, as Adam Long, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Courtenay fill the nominations for Best Actor. This is England ’90 and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, both of which have also got nominations for Best Drama Writer, will vie with Wolf Hall for Best Drama Serial. Humans, No Offence and The Last Kingdom are all up for Best Drama Series.

Catastrophe, Peter Kay’s Car Share and Chewing Gum dominate the comedy nominations, with each sitcom picking up three nominations. It’s a particularly good year for Michaela Coel who has Best Comedy Performance and Best Comedy Writing nominations to along with her recognition in the Breakthrough category.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 22 March.

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Jan 23,2016

“Rosewater” Posters & Still, “The Crown” Stills & French language article on “Wolf Hall”

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Jan 10,2016

“Wolf Hall” wins best limited series at the Golden Globes!!!

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Congrats to everyone involved in the making of this marvellous series!!!

Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn, Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell.

Follow the meteoric rise of a man who becomes King Henry VIII’s closest advisor. Tony® Award-winning actor Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night) and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) star in the miniseries adapted from Hilary Mantel’s best-selling Booker Prize-winning novels: Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. Mark Rylance is Thomas Cromwell, a brutal blacksmith’s son who rises from the ashes of personal disaster, and deftly picks his way through a court where ‘man is wolf to man.’ Damian Lewis is King Henry VIII, obsessed with protecting the Tudor dynasty by securing his succession with a male heir to the throne. Told from Cromwell’s perspective, Wolf Hall follows the complex machinations and back room dealings of this pragmatic and accomplished power broker who must serve king and country while dealing with deadly political intrigue, Henry VIII’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy, Little Dorrit), and the religious upheavals of the Protestant reformation.

Order Wolf Hall from Amazon.com (DVD & Blu-ray) or Amazon.co.uk now (DVD & Blu-ray)! 😉



Dec 30,2015

ARTE diffuse la série “Wolf Hall – Dans l’ombre des Tudors”

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ARTE diffuse la série “Wolf Hall – Dans l’ombre des Tudors” les 21 et 28 janvier.

Publié par Pascal 25/12

Dans la série en six épisodes Wolf Hall, Peter Kosminsky retrace l’ascension fulgurante de Thomas Cromwell, éminence grise du roi d’Angleterre Henri VIII.

Adaptée des best sellers de Hilary Mantel, une fresque historique aussi sobre que passionnante dopée par l’interprétation de Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy ou encore Jonathan Pryce.

Episodes 1 à 3 le jeudi 21 janvier dès 20h55 sur ARTE ; suite et fin la semaine suivante.

Si le règne rouge sang d’Henri VIII n’en finit plus d’inspirer les réalisateurs – d’Anne des mille jours à Deux soeurs pour un roi en passant par la saga Les Tudors diffusée par ARTE –, Peter Kosminsky se démarque avec cette fresque relatant l’ascension de Thomas Cromwell, avocat de basse extraction propulsé au sommet de l’État par la seule force de son intelligence et de son ambition. Traversée par un souci constant du détail, jusque dans les éclairages à la bougie qui attisent la puissance picturale des clairs-obscurs, Wolf Hall s’appuie sur une mise en scène épurée et sur une narration sans à-coups qui servent la complexité des personnages et de leurs relations.

3 nominations aux Golden Globes et 5 nominations aux Emmy Awards.

Le début : 1529. Le roi Henri VIII tente d’obtenir l’annulation de son mariage avec Catherine d’Aragon, coupable de n’avoir pu lui donner un héritier mâle. Rendu responsable de l’enlisement des négociations avec Rome, le cardinal Wolsey est démis de ses fonctions de lord-chancelier et remplacé par Thomas More. Thomas Cromwell, avocat et homme de confiance du prélat, refuse de l’abandonner. Il rend visite à Anne Boleyn, la favorite d’Henri, qui brûle d’impatience de monter sur le trône, et décroche une entrevue avec le roi.

Réalisation : Peter Kosminsky
Scénario : Peter Straughan
d’après les romans de Hilary Mantel : Le conseiller – Dans l’ombre
des Tudors
et Le conseiller – Le pouvoir (Sonatine éditions)
Image : Gavin Finney
Montage : David Blackmore, Josh Cunliffe
Musique : Debbie Wiseman
Décors : Pat Campbell
Costumes : Joanna Eatwell

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Dec 18,2015

Peter Kosminsky: ‘I thought I was a very odd choice for Wolf Hall’

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Wolf Hall is No 2 in our end-of-year roundup. Here, the director talks about his nerves on showing Hilary Mantel the rough cuts, filming the most powerful moment of his career, and spending £30,000 on beeswax candles

Chitra Ramaswamy

Congratulations … Wolf Hall is up for three Golden Globes and is many people’s TV series of the year. Are you surprised that a slow, spare, complex, candlelit story about the Tudors, with an ending we already knew, has proved such a hit?

The scale of the audience surprised me. When we started, Wolf Hall was a fairly esoteric project. It was always going to be demanding: slow, political, with a lot of talking and not much action. I thought it would attract a small audience and was completely unprepared when we broke BBC2 box-office records and peaked at an audience of six million.

What do people continue to say to you about it?

The execution of Anne Boleyn – the last 10 minutes of the series – seems to have had a huge impact. I’ve been making television for 35 years and I can’t think of anything I’ve shot that was so powerful to make and that translated to the audience in this way. Read the rest of this entry »



Dec 14,2015

Candlelit Wolf Hall bathes in Golden Globe glory

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West-based drama Wolf Hall is in the running for three Golden Globes in January.

Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis and the series itself have picked up nominations in the best limited series or TV movie category of the prestigious awards.

And the Bristol-made Shaun the Sheep The Movie is in the running for the best animated film at the awards ceremony to be hosted by Ricky Gervais.

Eddie Redmayne will go head to head with ten-time nominee Leonardo DiCaprio for the best actor in a drama. He has been nominated for his performance as transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, while DiCaprio received his 11th nod for his gruelling turn as Hugh Glass in revenge saga The Revenant. Read the rest of this entry »



Aug 21,2015

Claire Foy: an actor bringing a subtle talent to majestic roles

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Her steely, understated approach won praise when playing Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall and now Foy is taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in a new drama

Emine Saner

Some castings seem so obvious in retrospect. Pictures released this week show Claire Foy playing Queen Elizabeth II on her wedding day in 1947, and just as you cannot picture the older Elizabeth as anyone other than Helen Mirren, when The Crown, an ambitious 60-part Netflix drama, comes out next year, the younger version will probably be forever linked with Foy.

It is not just in the facial similarities; they both have the same tiny physical stature, but with a steely, slightly terrifying core, a thousand words summed up in a single glance.

She is not, of course, Foy’s first queen. As Anne Boleyn in the BBC’s recent stunning adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, Foy had some of the best reviews of her career. Until Wolf Hall, she had been working steadily, but without the hype that many young actors at a similar point in their careers would attract. There was something quieter about her approach. She always seemed happier to be getting interesting roles, rather than boosting her own profile or becoming a ‘star ’. Her private life – she is married to the actor Stephen Campbell Moore and they recently had their first child – was similarly low key, and hardly tabloid fodder.

In interviews, she has said she is not interested in trying to break Hollywood and has never been comfortable being photographed: “I’m too conscious of looking like a dick. That’s the difference between a star and a normal person. I’ve never been someone who walks into a room and people gasp.” She is “not fussed” about exposure: “I’m never going to be a film star and I’m not chasing it. I’m very happy playing interesting parts.” It is an attitude that will work in her favour in the long run, though The Crown will almost certainly catapult her into another level of fame. Read the rest of this entry »



Jul 11,2015

Royal Flush: The Women of Wolf Hall

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Hilary Mantel’s triumphant Tudor novels enjoy a new life on stage and screen

By Sophie Elmhirst

In some ways, it was an accident. A few years ago, Hilary Mantel signed a contract with her publisher for two books: a modern novel set in Africa, and a Tudor novel set in the court of Henry VIII. ‘Theoretically, I was working on the African novel,’ she recalls, ‘and I thought I’d take a day off and play.’ Mantel wrote a line of dialogue and wanted to laugh with delight. She’d got it. She’d got him. Not Henry, but Thomas Cromwell, the King’s adviser and her leading man. There was his voice, clear on the page: his cool, all-seeing gaze. She was off. ‘I had to say to my publisher, “You won’t get that novel, but you will get this one, if you don’t mind.”’ They didn’t mind.

The beginning was an experiment, but the book had been long in the works. Mantel’s Cromwell novels are born of deep, marathon reading. She is as meticulous in her research as she is free and daring in her writing. The facts are rock-hard; the fiction elaborate. I first met her two years ago, on the day the second volume, Bring Up the Bodies, was published. It was already clear that something extraordinary was happening. Wolf Hall had been a hit, won the Booker, sold handsomely, and here she was with Bring Up the Bodies – the most intelligent political thriller you will ever lose a week to – nominated once more. Grateful as she was for the attention and praise, Mantel was impatient to get on with the next volume. Next year, she said, meaning 2013, was to be ‘uninterrupted’, devoted to writing.

It didn’t quite work out that way. A few weeks after we met, Mantel won the Booker for the second time: the first woman, and the first British writer, to do so. There was to be a play, a television adaptation. She was in constant demand. Two years later, the pace has barely slowed. The play, a sell-out hit for the RSC in Stratford and the West End, transfers to Broadway in the spring. The six-part, richly financed BBC production – with Damian Lewis as Henry, Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn, Mark Rylance as Cromwell – is soon to air. Her publisher, 4th Estate, gave me the latest figures: almost 1.5 million copies of Wolf Hall and just about a million copies of Bring Up the Bodies sold in the UK and the Commonwealth. The books have been published in 36 countries. Mantel has become an industry. Read the rest of this entry »



Jun 12,2015

Claire Foy on fate of outspoken Anne Boleyn in ‘Wolf Hall’ [Exclusive Video]

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By Chris Beachum

“Even in the end when she is waiting to be executed, she’s very true to herself. She doesn’t pander to anyone or anything like that. I think she’s already a solid, strong person from beginning to end,” reveals actress Claire Foy about her real-life role as Queen Anne Boleyn in the limited series “Wolf Hall.” This six-part saga aired in the U.S. on PBS under the umbrella of “Masterpiece” programming.

In her recent interview with Gold Derby (watch below), Foy discusses in-depth her character, the second wife of King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis). While she was outspoken, her failure to produce a male offspring was eventually her downfall and led to a public beheading. She adds, “History would have been very, very different if she had a son… That’s all he wanted, and he was such a maniac for having (that). He wanted to continue the line as the throne would be safe.”

For this lavish British production, the behind-the-scenes team working on production design, costumes, hair and makeup helped the actors assume their roles. Foy says, “The locations we were in were extraordinary, and a lot of them were locations that had been visited by Henry VIII… The art department did some incredible things dressing it, but so much of it came from the buildings we were in. And the costumes were just extraordinary… and amazing to wear, painful but amazing.”

The series is based on two award-winning novels by Hilary Mantel, with the focus on the rise of royal advisor Thomas Cromwell (three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance) and his championing of a marriage between Henry and Anne in the early 16th century. Director Peter Kosminsky filmed the lavish production in some of the finest British medieval and Tudor houses.

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May 06,2015

Critics’ Choice Television Nominations Announced

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Congratulations to our dear Claire Foy who has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Limited Series (Wolf Hall) at the 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards!

Critics' Choice - Claire Foy



Apr 03,2015

Wolf Hall is coming to PBS

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Tony® Award-winning actor Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit, Wreckers, Season of the Witch, The Promise, White Heat, Macbeth) and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) star in the six-hour television miniseries adapted from Hilary Mantel’s best-selling Booker Prize-winning novels: Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. The television event presents an intimate and provocative portrait of Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant and enigmatic consigliere to King Henry VIII, as he maneuvers the corridors of power at the Tudor court. MASTERPIECE brings both of these works to life in Wolf Hall, airing on Sundays, April 5-May 10, 2015 at 10pm ET on MASTERPIECE on PBS.

Enjoy the masterful series with Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Damian Lewis!



Apr 03,2015

Wolf Hall: : A somber, perfect take on that time the Tudors went tabloid

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By Hank Stuever

“Wolf Hall,” a splendidly somber six-part “Masterpiece” series premiering Sunday on PBS, deserves the cartload of praise being heaped upon it — t’would be a shame if it gets lost in the usual Sunday-night TV gridlock.

If you’re feeling nothing from Don Draper these days (and who could blame you?), then hop over to the 16th-century world of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance), the savvy and quietly manipulative lawyer at the center of it all when King Henry VIII (“Homeland’s” Damian Lewis) scandalously marries Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy) and effectively starts the Church of England.

Based on Hilary Mantel’s prize-winning historical novels (“Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies”), “Wolf Hall” tells a tabloid-worthy tale that has been re-imagined countless ways over the centuries, especially in movies and TV — most recently in Showtime’s satin-sheety “The Tudors.” This time, the story is less tawdry and more sturdily and elegantly envisioned as the political watershed event that it was. Read the rest of this entry »



Apr 03,2015

Wolf Hall – A rich, riveting TV adaptation brings Hilary Mantel’s book to life

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Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn, Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell.

By Dan Kois

“As some men have an eye for horseflesh or cattle to be fattened,” Hilary Mantel writes in Wolf Hall about Thomas Cromwell, “he has an eye for risk.” The ambitious six-part Masterpiece production of Wolf Hall—adapted by Peter Straughan from Mantel’s two Booker-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies—is an exploration of that eye for risk. But it ends, tantalizingly, just before the real-life Cromwell’s wagers began to be called in, dooming him. Directed by Peter Kosminsky and originally telecast on BBC Two—the first episode premieres in the U.S. on Sunday night—the series is a robust and satisfying experience, one that doesn’t skimp on the story’s world-spanning political and religious intrigue, but keeps at its center one man whose calm gaze focuses the sweeping material and makes it feel manageable.

That man is Cromwell, the blacksmith’s son from Putney who becomes Henry VIII’s most trusted adviser, who stage-manages the ascent of Anne Boleyn to the throne and, mere years later, to the scaffold on Tower Green. He’s played by Mark Rylance, wonderful stage actor and weirdo, with a reserve that feels beautifully out of place in a grand six-part miniseries. “From the day he was sworn into the king’s council, he has had his face arranged,” Mantel writes in Wolf Hall, and I get the impression that Rylance underlined this passage three or four times in his copy before filming began. Cromwell, Mantel writes, spends his time

watching the faces of other people, to see when they register doubt, reservation, rebellion—to catch that fractional moment before they settle into the suave lineaments of the courtier, the facilitator, the yes-man.

As Cromwell, Rylance is aggressively blank, convincingly intimidating as a man who intimates, in Mantel’s writing, that he might once have torn out a man’s heart—but convincingly mournful as a man who lives through tragedy and still pursues his goals because, he says, “God takes out your heart of flesh, and gives you a heart of stone.” The series underplays those tragedies somewhat—the deaths that tug at Cromwell throughout Mantel’s books earn only occasional mentions onscreen—but Rylance’s impossibly large eyes and deeply lined face do a lot of emotional work on their own. Read the rest of this entry »



Mar 28,2015

‘Wolf Hall’ Review: Damian Lewis Rules As Henry VIII In PBS Drama

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With the beginning of the end for AMC’s Mad Men, the debut of NBC’s Biblical A.D. and American Odyssey plus the premiere of The Lizzie Borden Chronicles on Lifetime, Easter Sunday’s primetime is a very crowded place this year. Among the offerings, I recommend in the review that you check yourself into Wolf Hall on April 5. The six-part series onPBS’ Masterpiece provides some very compelling television.

Based on Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels and executive-produced by former HBO Films boss Colin Callender, Wolf Hall takes you deep inside the intrigue and power plays of the 16 century court of Henry VIII.

With former Homeland star Damian Lewis in regal form as the much-married King and acclaimed theatre actor Mark Rylance excelling as conniving courtier Thomas Cromwell, this is an old story, literally and figuratively, made anew with wonderful results. As history tells us, Henry wanted a new wife to have a male heir and the lowborn but Reformation-inclined Cromwell did everything for the King and himself to fulfill that desire. The result: The Church of England and the king’s marriage to Anne Boleyn, played here by Claire Foy. We all know how this ends but the path revealed in this fictional account is a golden one.

I personally couldn’t get enough of Jonathan Pryce as the ultimately doomed, vain and fawning Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. Already set for the upcoming season of HBO’s blockbuster Game Of Thrones, which debuts on April 12, Pryce’s Wolsey is a delight as a man who thinks he has a gilded spoon for his political soup only to discover he’s holding a lead fork.

A huge hit for the BBC when it aired earlier this year.

Wolf Hall was adapted for the small screen by Peter Straughan and directed by Peter Kosminsky. Callender is EP for his Playground, John Yorke for Company Pictures, Polly Hill for BBC Two, Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece, Martin Rakusen for BBC Worldwide, and Tim Smith for Prescience and Altus Productions.

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Mar 03,2015

Wolf Hall: Claire Foy on why Damian Lewis is the perfect Henry VIII

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Why is Damian Lewis “perfect casting” as Henry VIII – and how similar is Claire Foy to Anne Boleyn?

First broadcast on BBC Two in January 2015, Wolf Hall is a six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

Mark Rylance leads the cast of the acclaimed series as Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to King Henry.

Mantel’s third novel in her trilogy The Mirror and the Light is expected to be published later in 2015, with the team behind Wolf Hall also considering a TV follow-up.

Wolf Hall on DVD and Blu-ray is available to order from BBCShop.com.

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Feb 28,2015

Claire Foy: Wolf Hall’s perfectly complex Anne Boleyn

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Was King Henry VIII’s second wife a sly mistress, ambitious hussy or doomed pawn in Tudor power games? Claire Foy’s magnetic portrayal in Wolf Hall left viewers thinking all of these things

Julia Raeside

For all the praise heaped upon Mark Rylance’s deserving shoulders for his beautifully subdued performance in Wolf Hall, less has been said about Claire Foy, the poised and emotionally complex Anne Boleyn he finally had executed in last night’s superb conclusion.

What did we think we knew about Anne before this series? In my mind she was a fusion of every painting, film and TV adaptation I’d seen on the subject, and there have been many. She was a six-fingered sorceress and trollop who seduced the married king, slept with her own brother, was wrongly accused of sleeping with her own brother, a pawn in a deadly game of Tudor chess, and an arch manipulator who pulled the king of England around by his codpiece, issuing instructions and forcing him to dump the Pope. Somewhere in there lies the truth.

In Foy’s firmly clasped hands she was ambitious. Spoiled and determined, certainly, but from the moment we met her, Anne was a woman desperately trying to keep her grip on an oily rope. Foy’s total assurance as she navigated scene after scene in which she was barely given more than two or three lines was dazzling. She didn’t need words to convey that inner bubbling tar barrel of fear and desperation; it all came burning through her eyes. It’s hard to look at anyone else in a scene with her because those eyes always pull you back. Read the rest of this entry »



Feb 27,2015

Wolf Hall (TV, 2015) > Episode 06 (Screencaptures)

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Feb 25,2015

Wolf Hall episode 6 review: Master Of Phantoms

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Louisa Mellor

Wolf Hall concludes its superlative series with an episode that makes historical tragedy come alive…

This review contains spoilers.

1.6 Master Of Phantoms

A TV show that can make its audience feel every shaking, terrible moment of a death so muffled by historical wadding that it’s now more playground rhyme than human drama is something to cherish. And something to miss like a brother now that it’s gone.

Wolf Hall made Anne Boleyn’s beheading so rightly, wretchedly real that we could have been watching an online video of one of its horrendous modern day counterparts. With none of Debbie Wiseman’s delicately intuitive score to accompany Anne’s journey to the scaffold, deliberately, you could barely hear her final words over the sound of wind and flapping cloth. Director Peter Kosminsky positioned the audience as an onlooker in the crowd, complicit in an execution we all knew was coming, but that somehow came as a shock nevertheless.

All praise to Claire Foy in the role of Anne, who should properly be considered the joint lead of Wolf Hall’s final episodes. It was a work of alchemy that Foy managed to make Anne monstrous and pathetic at the same time. Her spite and arrogance toppled so quickly into desperation and panic when she realised her mistake in publicly speaking of remarriage after Henry’s death (“Get him back”) that you couldn’t rejoice in her cold, hard death. Who could smile broadly and open their arms in a celebrative embrace after something like that?

Well, he could, obviously, the real monster of Wolf Hall. Read the rest of this entry »



Feb 25,2015

Wolf Hall finale TV review: Claire Foy gives a fine turn as scheming Anne Boleyn

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Neela Debnath

It’s a dirty business being the king’s right-hand man.

For the Wolf Hall finale viewers witness Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) at his most vindictive as he ousts Anne Boleyn so that Henry (Damien Lewis) can pursue Jane Seymour (Kate Phillips).

Throughout we’ve sympathised with Cromwell. He has lost two daughters and his wife before his master Cardinal Wolsey (Jonathan Pryce) was toppled from power and kicked the bucket. But viewer empathy wears thin as he elicits false confessions for the sake of Henry’s ‘cause’. It’s an important and necessary shift and shows Cromwell as a multi-dimensional character – ultimately, we still like him.

Rylance has been consistently brilliant throughout this series and keeps the audience hooked – even when he says nothing at all. Lewis’ fickle monarch is marvellous too and is the real villain of Wolf Hall; his impulsive behaviour costs lives not to mention the entire excommunication of Rome. The closing shot of Cromwell and Henry’s hug neatly sums up their relationship.

However, Claire Foy steals the limelight in this episode with a fine performance as scheming queen Anne Boleyn.

In the closing scenes we experience something verging on sympathy for the wretch she is reduced to. All the arrogance and pride gives way to humility but of course it’s too late.

Wolf Hall has held us captive for six weeks. This is a rich and well-drawn presentation of Cromwell, whose Machiavellian character has been the focus of so many history books.

If the show gets a second series (which it most probably will) it will be delightful to see Rylance return. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see Damien Lewis in a fat suit?

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Feb 25,2015

Fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about Anne Boleyn

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Henry VIII’s ill-fated wife was vivacious, violent – and apparently not that pretty. As BBC2’s Wolf Hall dramatises her final days, Ben Dowell delves into her life and death

Wolf Hall, BBC2’s magisterial adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Tudor novels, finishes tonight and – spoiler alert! – things aren’t looking too clever for Anne Boleyn.

Yes, as anyone with even a passing interest in history could tell you, Henry VIII (as played by Damian Lewis in the drama) didn’t put his feet up alongside his second wife to enjoy their peaceful and romantic twilight years together.

Anne – played by Claire Foy – lasted just three years as Queen before her beading following a trial on charges of adultery, incest and high treason. Henry went on to exchange wedding vows four more times.

You may well know about Anne’s place in history and that she was the reason Henry broke with Rome after forcing his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon in order to marry her.

But there are plenty of other fascinating things about Anne’s life. And here are the best…

No-one knows how old she was…

Different historians have suggested that Anne was born as early as 1499 and as late as 1512, meaning that at the time of her execution at the Tower of London she could have been aged anywhere between 25 and 37… Read the rest of this entry »



Feb 20,2015

Wolf Hall (TV, 2015) > Episode 05 (Screencaptures)

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Feb 20,2015

Wolf Hall, episode 5, review: ‘gold-standard drama’

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The Tudor drama has the best ensemble cast in years, says Gabriel Tate

4 stars out of 5

Anyone grumbling that Wolf Hall (BBC Two) has been a bit slow should have been sated by a penultimate episode cramming in a tournament, a murder, a miscarriage, possible arson, a blowing of the royal top and more award-winning eyebrow work from the magnificent Mark Rylance. While the latter has understandably hogged the limelight, his supporting players continue to prove themselves the finest ensemble assembled for a TV drama in years. Wan, twitchy Jessica Raine is a wonderfully slippery Jane Rochford, Mark Gatiss dripped poison in another tantalising cameo as Stephen Gardiner, and Bernard Hill’s glare on discovering the King had survived a jousting mishap (and therefore torpedoed Lord Norfolk’s loudly proclaimed wish to be crowned regent) would have frozen over the hell where Cardinal Wolsey was presumably residing.

Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy), meanwhile, began her unwitting slide toward the scaffold. While the precariousness of her predicament was gradually dawning on her, she remained incapable of curbing either her inveterate scheming or tendency to overplay her hand. Her dog was the latest to pay the price, falling from a high ledge. “Perhaps his paws slipped?” suggested Cromwell. Where’s CJ Sansom’s Tudor detective Matthew Shardlake when you need him? Read the rest of this entry »



Feb 19,2015

Interview: Claire Foy, Anne Boleyn in ‘Wolf Hall’

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In a small room in Soho, Anne Boleyn is very far from dead. “She is tightly bound and birdlike, bony and mean,” Claire Foy says with feeling, as if describing a difficult friend. “She’s incredibly holy in a way. But then she’s horrible and pinches people. She’s violent, and she’s a snob.”

If Anne Boleyn has been gone since May 19 1536, beheaded at the Tower of London, her fame has kept her awkwardly alive: as shrew, victim, schemer or saucepot, depending on your version of events.

Foy knows Boleyn the hard way: she plays the Tudor queen in the BBC’s forthcoming miniseries Wolf Hall, a bewitching six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels. It’s a part that demands she be dislikeable, a part that she says she initially decided not to “go near with a bargepole”. But it wasn’t Anne’s spikiness or the overcrowding of actresses who have already chalked up the role, but rather Mantel’s telling of the story in Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies that made her wary.

“I was totally obsessed [by the books]. I loved them so much and had such a clear idea in my head of what she was like. When Peter [Kosminsky, Wolf Hall’s director] asked me to audition for it I said, ‘I don’t think this is a good idea. I don’t want to let you down because I love you.’ ”

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Feb 19,2015

‘Madam, nothing here is personal’ – Wolf Hall: Episode 6 Preview – BBC Two

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Feb 19,2015

Wolf Hall – On Set with… Claire Foy – Daily Mail Weekend Scans

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Claire, 30, who made her name in the title role of the BBC’s Little Dorrit in 2008, plays Anne Boleyn in BBC2’s epic Tudor drama Wolf Hall, based on Hilary Mantel’s books. Here she takes us behind the scenes on the series, which was filmed at historic locations across Britain.

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Feb 18,2015

‘She was once given the title of Queen. Mistakenly’ – Wolf Hall: Episode 5 Preview – BBC Two

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After Katherine’s death, Henry’s coldness towards the former Queen is apparent. Meanwhile Cromwell notices Henry’s growing interest in Jane Seymour. And he’s not the only one.





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