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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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 Thomas Cromwell (6 episodes, 2015)
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 Henry VIII (6 episodes, 2015)
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 Anne Boleyn (6 episodes, 2015)
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 Rafe Sadler (6 episodes, 2015)
Joss Porter ...
 Richard Cromwell (6 episodes, 2015)
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 Duke of Norfolk (6 episodes, 2015)
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 Mary Shelton (6 episodes, 2015)
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 Jane Rochford (6 episodes, 2015)
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 Gregory Cromwell (6 episodes, 2015)
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 Duke of Suffolk (5 episodes, 2015)
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 Johane Williamson (5 episodes, 2015)
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 Harry Norris (5 episodes, 2015)
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 Sir Thomas Boleyn (5 episodes, 2015)
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 Jane Seymour (5 episodes, 2015)
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 George Boleyn (5 episodes, 2015)
Joel MacCormack ...
 Thomas Wriothesley (5 episodes, 2015)
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 Thomas Cranmer (5 episodes, 2015)
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd ...
 Francis Weston (5 episodes, 2015)
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 Stephen Gardiner (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Thomas More (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Cardinal Wolsey (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Mark Smeaton (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Edward Seymour (4 episodes, 2015)
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 William Brereton (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Wolsey in Devils Play (4 episodes, 2015)
Felix Scott ...
 Francis Bryan (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Katherine of Aragon (3 episodes, 2015)
Iain Batchelor ...
 Thomas Seymour (3 episodes, 2015)
Mary Jo Randle ...
 Mercy Pryor (3 episodes, 2015)
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 Liz Cromwell (3 episodes, 2015)
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 Mary Boleyn (3 episodes, 2015)
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 Harry Percy (3 episodes, 2015)
Tim Steed ...
 Lord Chancellor Audley (3 episodes, 2015)
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 Young Thomas Cromwell (3 episodes, 2015)
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 Master Treasurer Fitzwilliam (3 episodes, 2015)
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 Solicitor General Richard Riche / ... (3 episodes, 2015)
Robert Wilfort ...
 George Cavendish (2 episodes, 2015)
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 James Bainham (2 episodes, 2015)
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 Lady Exeter (2 episodes, 2015)
Janet Henfrey ...
 Lady Margaret Pole (2 episodes, 2015)
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 Eustace Chapuys (2 episodes, 2015)
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 Antonia Bonvisi / ... (2 episodes, 2015)
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 Sir John Seymour (2 episodes, 2015)
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 Elizabeth Barton (2 episodes, 2015)
Athena Droutis ...
 Grace Cromwell (2 episodes, 2015)
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 Alice More (2 episodes, 2015)
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 Walter Cromwell (2 episodes, 2015)
Emma Hiddleston ...
 Meg More (2 episodes, 2015)
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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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Dans l'ombre des Tudors  »

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Mark Rylance has stated that the codpieces on the otherwise historically accurate costumes were made smaller at the request of PBS who felt that American audiences might be offended. See more »

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Turn your lights out!
29 January 2015 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Before we watched the programme, I read a review which complained about the darkness of the screen. We turned all the lights out and were totally enthralled. Mr Starkey has blown his bombast again, not having read or seen the programme. This is television, and great television at that. There might not be documentary evidence that Cromwell was sad at the death of his wife and children, but it stands to reason that he might well have been! The programme is like a series of old master paintings, the people inhabiting these settings totally realistic and believable. Mark Rylance's portrayal of Cromwell is human, kind and unpretentious: an absolute tour de force. Minimalist, lacking bombast (unlike Mr Starkey!) and memorable. I love the whole thing.


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