First Images: BBC Two/PBS Co-Production ‘Wolf Hall’

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At their Drama Event this evening, the BBC unveiled the first three images from Wolf Hall, the upcoming adaptation of the Hillary Mantel novels which is a co-production between BBC Two and US public broadcaster PBS.

Wolf Hall is set in England in the 1520′s, which is a heartbeat from disaster. If Henry VIII dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Into the impasse steps Thomas Cromwell; son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a bully and a charmer, Cromwell has broken all the rules of a rigid society in his rise to power, and is prepared to break some more. Pitting himself against parliament, the political establishment and the papacy, he is prepared to reshape England to his own and Henry VIII’s desires.

Both BBC Two and PBS lined up a large cast for the high-profile adaptation. That cast includes Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis (Homeland), Jonathan Pryce (Cranford), Joanne Whalley (The Borgias), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Anton Lesser (Endeavour), Mathieu Amalric (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Charity Wakefield (Sense & Sensibility), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife), Bernard Hill (Five Days), Richard Dillane (The Dark Knight), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones), Natasha Little (Case Histories) and Saskia Reeves (Wallander).

The six-part series is based on Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, which were adapted for television by Peter Straughan. It is being produced by Company Pictures, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment, Masterpiece, Prescience and Altus Productions in association with BBC Worldwide, with Poly Hill, Rebecca Eaton, Colin Callender, John Yorke, Martin Rakusen and Ben Donald serving as executive producers. Peter Kosminsky is directing.

The series of images show Damian Lewis as King Henry VIII, Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Woolsey and Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell. Check them out below:

Wolf Hall (1)

Wolf Hall (2)

Wolf Hall (3)