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.
A failed London musician meets once a week with a woman for a series of intense sexual encounters to get away from the realities of life. But when he begins inquiring about her, it puts their relationship at risk.
An upper class English family owns a villa in the Irish countryside. When the man of the house leaves to fight in WW2, his mother, wife, dying butler, maid and other staff's life becomes a bit hectic and some love affairs start to bloom.
I found this an excellent film, with a good cast and a great performance by Mark Rylance as Dr Kelly. It seemed to be of theatrical release quality. I hope a DVD will be available.
The producers have clearly made a great effort to ensure that the events and the roles of the people involved come as close to reality as possible. Unusually for a film that portrays real-life events, I found this totally believable. I think it is a fair representation of events, no character seemed unfairly or improperly portrayed. I was left with a strong impression of how a string of seemingly unimportant events can have tragic consequences. I truly hope that the Kelly family feel this is a fair film. Dr Kelly comes out of it very well - I hope the film will serve as a reminder to the nation of how we lost one of our most valuable public servants, and how our government failed in their duty of care for him.
It was a characteristically bold move by Channel 4, that has been most successful.
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