James Bond retrospective 022: ‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008)

Casino Royale was considered a gamble in 2006 because it was the first (quasi) reboot – and with a blond Bond, no less. So they followed it up with… another gamble. 2008’s Quantum of Solace is the first direct sequel in the Bond canon, picking up literally minutes after the end of Casino Royale and … >

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‘Wolf Hall’ Episode 6 review: ‘Masters of Phantoms’

It’s all over, bar the shouting. And the screaming. And the executions. There will undoubtedly be a follow-up series, just as soon as Hilary Mantel gets around to finishing off her trilogy. But for now, we’ll just have to settle for six episodes of what has been the most compelling and hypnotic drama we’ve seen … >

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‘Wolf Hall’ episode guide

Damian Lewis stars as Henry VIII alongside Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn in BBC Two’s epic new drama series Wolf Hall. > Order Wolf Hall on DVD on Amazon. England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If Henry VIII dies without a male heir, the country could … >

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‘Wolf Hall’ Episode 5 review: ‘Crows’

History hasn’t always been kind to Cromwell. Opinion shifts quite violently to considering him Henry VIII’s right hand man to a shifty planner of self-interest. As Wolf Hall shows, such changes of opinion happened within Cromwell’s time, too. When it was Henry who suddenly decided that he didn’t like you anymore, Tudor life was lived … >

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‘Wolf Hall’ Episode 4 review: ‘The Devil’s Spit’

It wasn’t meant to be like this. When you’re the king of England in 1533, you should be confident in your belief that your throne is appointed by a God who will provide you with a brood of strapping sons to strengthen the family line. When you’re instead presented with a possibly illegitimate daughter and … >

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‘Wolf Hall’ Episode 3 review: ‘Anna Regina’

We’re halfway through BBC Two’s six-part series now, and it’s time for Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) to get his Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on. He’s bursting through doors, slamming people up against the wall, stomping through brothels, threatening to bash Thomas More’s head into the cobbles. It’s not as if Wolf Hall has … >

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‘Wolf Hall’ Episode 2 review: ‘Entirely Beloved’

We’re into the second week, and deeper into the corridors of power of Wolf Hall, as more and more people are beginning to notice that young buck Cromwell, who is attempting to change the opinion of the royal court. Now less Jim Dale in Carry On Columbus, more a young Robert Lindsay, stomping the streets … >

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‘Wolf Hall’ Episode 1 review: ‘Three Card Trick’

Hilary Mantel’s pair of bestsellers, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies have been conflated into a new six-part drama for BBC Two. ‘Sumptuous’ is a somewhat overused phrase for these sorts of things, but it’s a fair description of at least this first episode, ‘Three Card Trick’, which introduces us to Thomas Cromwell at … >

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‘Wolf Hall’ clips: New character teasers revealed

Three brief teaser clips introducing characters from BBC Two’s epic new drama series Wolf Hall have been released. The six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels begins at 9pm on Wednesday 21 January on BBC Two. > Like Wolf Hall on Facebook. Watch the clips, featuring Homeland‘s Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, Jonathan Pryce … >

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‘Wolf Hall’ preview

Hilary Mantel’s award-winning Wolf Hall is a historical book steeped in intrigue and gritty, dark drama. A page-turner based in the difficult, relentless world of Tudor politics, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screenwriter Peter Straughan’s new six-part adaptation takes well-known elements and figures from history and casts them in a new light. In December 2013, the … >

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