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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:
Mark Rylance ...  Thomas Cromwell 6 episodes, 2015
Damian Lewis ...  Henry VIII 6 episodes, 2015
Claire Foy ...  Anne Boleyn 6 episodes, 2015
Thomas Brodie-Sangster ...  Rafe Sadler 6 episodes, 2015
Joss Porter Joss Porter ...  Richard Cromwell 6 episodes, 2015
Bernard Hill ...  Duke of Norfolk 6 episodes, 2015
Hannah Steele ...  Mary Shelton 6 episodes, 2015
Jessica Raine ...  Jane Rochford 6 episodes, 2015
Tom Holland ...  Gregory Cromwell 6 episodes, 2015
Richard Dillane ...  Duke of Suffolk 5 episodes, 2015
Saskia Reeves ...  Johane Williamson 5 episodes, 2015
Luke Roberts ...  Harry Norris 5 episodes, 2015
David Robb ...  Sir Thomas Boleyn 5 episodes, 2015
Kate Phillips ...  Jane Seymour 5 episodes, 2015
Edward Holcroft ...  George Boleyn 5 episodes, 2015
Joel MacCormack Joel MacCormack ...  Thomas Wriothesley 5 episodes, 2015
Will Keen ...  Thomas Cranmer 5 episodes, 2015
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd Jacob Fortune-Lloyd ...  Francis Weston 5 episodes, 2015
Mark Gatiss ...  Stephen Gardiner 4 episodes, 2015
Anton Lesser ...  Thomas More 4 episodes, 2015
Jonathan Pryce ...  Cardinal Wolsey 4 episodes, 2015
Max Fowler ...  Mark Smeaton 4 episodes, 2015
Ed Speleers ...  Edward Seymour 4 episodes, 2015
Alastair Mackenzie ...  William Brereton 4 episodes, 2015
Tim Plester ...  Wolsey in Devils Play 4 episodes, 2015
Felix Scott Felix Scott ...  Francis Bryan 4 episodes, 2015
Joanne Whalley ...  Katherine of Aragon 3 episodes, 2015
Iain Batchelor ...  Thomas Seymour 3 episodes, 2015
Mary Jo Randle Mary Jo Randle ...  Mercy Pryor 3 episodes, 2015
Natasha Little ...  Liz Cromwell 3 episodes, 2015
Charity Wakefield ...  Mary Boleyn 3 episodes, 2015
Harry Lloyd ...  Harry Percy 3 episodes, 2015
Tim Steed Tim Steed ...  Lord Chancellor Audley 3 episodes, 2015
Samuel Bottomley ...  Young Thomas Cromwell 3 episodes, 2015
James Larkin ...  Master Treasurer Fitzwilliam 3 episodes, 2015
Bryan Dick ...  Solicitor General Richard Riche / ... 3 episodes, 2015
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Jonathan Aris ...  James Bainham 2 episodes, 2015
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Mathieu Amalric ...  Eustace Chapuys 2 episodes, 2015
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Paul Ritter ...  Sir John Seymour 2 episodes, 2015
Aimee-Ffion Edwards ...  Elizabeth Barton 2 episodes, 2015
Athena Droutis ...  Grace Cromwell 2 episodes, 2015
Monica Dolan ...  Alice More 2 episodes, 2015
Christopher Fairbank ...  Walter Cromwell 2 episodes, 2015
Emma Hiddleston 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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5 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Wiltshire, England, UK See more »

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Mark Rylance previously played the Father of Anne Boleyn in the movie The Other Boleyn Girl. See more »

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Well, 9.5 anyway
22 January 2015 | by tom.kellerSee all my reviews

I don't like giving ratings of 10 out of 10 because it implies that it can't be improved, which is never the case, but when I see drama as well written and well performed as this I want to see ratings that reflect that and respect it, and my 10/10 aims to redress some of the, in my opinion, ludicrous ratings of 1/10 that I see have been posted here. First the imperfections: I'm not sure why Peter Kosminsky, whose work I very much rate, has gone for hand held camera work in what is essentially a static shot. I have no problem with hand-held camera work per se, but the reasons for its use in a wide shot are lost on me, and the result is a slightly irritating amount of camera shake. Secondly, the time shifts could be a little clearer - blink and you miss the captions, and that's if they've actually been included. I think on one occasion the shift was implied rather than signalled. I suppose it does keep the audience on their toes.

But now to its huge strengths. First and foremost, the acting. I've been lucky enough to see Mark Rylance on stage and on television many times over the years and I think he's a force of nature, with everything he turns his hand to innovative and mesmerising, whilst at the same time containing the actor's essential ingredient - truth. That there is always something going on in his head is evident, but what is all the more intriguing is that we can't quite tell what it is . . . The rest of the cast are brilliant too, and the brief scene between Damien Lewis as Henry VIII and Cromwell was a mini delight and leaves me drooling in anticipation of future encounters between these two.

The costumes and locations are as impressive as ever with BBC productions, and will no doubt gather in numerous awards (although one bit of what I imagine was a CGI rendering of a Tudor village in the background didn't quite get there). There have been criticisms about the darkness of the lighting, a result of Kosminsky using lighting by candles (albeit with special cameras). I watched it in HD in a darkened room and I can't say it caused me any problems at all, and in fact I commented on how light and airy some of the daytime scenes were, showing life in the day in the same light - literally - as it would be today, as opposed to the generalised gloom in some depictions of the period.

I thought the pace was well-judged, especially when one acknowledges the difficulties in squeezing Hilary Mantel's immense volumes into six hours of television, and Peter Kosminsky has kept events moving along without being afraid to linger a while on the subtle signals of intrigue that are never far from Mark Rylance's face. The fact that much of Kosminsky's work has been in the political arena is very obvious here, and he gives us a needle-sharp insight into the machinations of that world, indicating that in oh so many ways, things don't change that much. Apart from the costumes, of course.

I can't wait for the rest of the series.


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