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As 1529 draws to a close, Cardinal Wolsey moves to York while Thomas Cromwell attempts to gain support for him from King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and in the process, gradually wins favor for himself.

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Peter Kosminsky

Writers:

Hilary Mantel (novels), Peter Straughan (adapted by)
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Mark Rylance ... Thomas Cromwell
Damian Lewis ... Henry VIII
Luke Roberts ... Harry Norris
Mark Gatiss ... Stephen Gardiner
Jonathan Pryce ... Cardinal Wolsey
Joss Porter ... Richard Cromwell
Tom Holland ... Gregory Cromwell
Thomas Brodie-Sangster ... Rafe Sadler
Saskia Reeves ... Johane Williamson
Kerry Ingram ... Alice Williamson
Izzy Lee Izzy Lee ... Jo Williamson
Mary Jo Randle Mary Jo Randle ... Mercy Pryor
Joel MacCormack ... Thomas Wriothesley
Robert Wilfort ... George Cavendish
Bernard Hill ... Duke of Norfolk
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At Anne Boleyn's behest the dying Wolsey is exiled to York whilst Thomas, despite Anne's uncle the Duke of Norfolk and the baleful bishop Gardiner, attempts in vain to restore the cardinal to the good graces of the king - who at least sends Wolsey money. Employing a young man to spy on Gardiner Thomas becomes friends with the new chancellor Thomas More before being summoned by an irate Anne to discover who is lampooning her. Chief suspect is the waiting woman Jane Seymour, who impresses Thomas with her innocence. By making various suggestions to Henry Thomas rises in his favour and, after Wolsey's death, he is made a privy councillor. Written by don @ minifie-1

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BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2015 (UK) See more »

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Tom Holland (Gregory Cromwell) and Emma Hiddleston (Meg More) both make appearances in this episode. Emma's brother, Tom Hiddleston and Tom are both a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and have appeared in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). They played Loki and Peter Parker/Spider-Man respectively. See more »

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Liz Cromwell: So, what's she like, the Lady Anne? Tall or short?
Thomas Cromwell: Neither.
Liz Cromwell: They say she dances well.
Thomas Cromwell: We diddn't dance.
Liz Cromwell: Are her teeth good?
Thomas Cromwell: When she sinks them into me, I'll let you know.
Liz Cromwell: Sounds like you got close enough. Why does God test us?
Thomas Cromwell: I don't think we'll pass.
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Excellent film...
30 July 2017 | by rusovietSee all my reviews

The acting is outstanding esp. Rylance as Thomas Cromwell. Lewis is very good as King Henry VIII and it should be noted he would be a great fit for the next James Bond.

This episode deals with Anne Boelyn closing the deal - securing Henry's love, being crowned and awaiting the birth of an heir to the throne - a boy hopefully but we know otherwise.

The parallel plot is the imploding full control Roman Catholcism had on Britain. Dissenters are becoming more bold in their 'sola scripturis' position even interrupting a mass conducted in Latin, with a layman reading, in English, from John 1:1...

The role reversal of both Thomas Cromwell and Thomas More - the former is now in ascendancy while the latter is under house arrest.

The sole complaint I have with the series is the choice of Anton Lesser as More. Even for allowing my mind to be clouded with the brilliant performance by Paul Schofield in 1966, Lesser is a misfit. He does not exhibit the type of true humility and strength of character it would take to say and do what More did - he maybe a good actor but here he looks more like a smarmy wisea$$.


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