Two of Hilary Mantel's pseudo-biographical historical novels
surrounding Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's chief minister, were
serialised by the BBC in 2015, and are now available on Britbox. Its six
episodes of period costume, proper English and political intrigue are a
fascinating chronology of the rapid rise of Cromwell in Henry's favour
and the events surrounding part of his tenure.
Beginning in 1529,
when his superior Cardinal Wolsey was dismissed as Lord Chancellor, the
series covers events such as Henry's break from Rome, his marriage to
Anne Boleyn, and the Exeter Conspiracy. These occurrences are not too
recondite as to deter the casual viewer; Damien Lewis' Henry is
instantly recognisable as the stereotypical image we see in school
textbooks, for instance.
Any fan of period or historical drama
should consider Wolf Hall essential viewing- as perhaps should parents
struggling to home school their children about the Tudors. Perhaps cover
their eyes during the execution scenes, mind- even though we all know
the outcome, they still aren't exactly sunshine and daisies to watch.
I'm perfectly sane, or so the voices tell me. British, sarcastic, president of the European Slinky Association, have a tendency to lie when listing things about myself. 100% guilty of being a massive geek obsessed with Doctor Who, Harry Potter and video games. If you can't find me on the internet, I'm probably locked in a room playing Spyro the Dragon on my old PlayStation, or blowing everything to smithereens with a concrete donkey on Worms: Armageddon.