Sunday Nights on PBS at 10pm

Historical drama based on the award winning novel by Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall on PBS

More like ‘Currently Obsessed With.’ This is one of the best, if not THE BEST, historical drama I’ve ever seen. And, unlike a lot of historical dramas made nowadays the sex and violence is very limited (at least so far). Despite that, there IS plenty of drama, suspense and intrigue. It’s the story of Thomas Cromwell, the son of a blacksmith who rose to become one of the most powerful men in King Henry the VIII’s court. ‘Wolf Hall’ follows Cromwell’s rise: When he came to favor by orchestrating the King’s separation from the Catholic church, allowing Henry to divorce Katherine of Arragon and marry Anne Boleyn. The show is a little hard to keep straight. There are a lot of characters to keep track of (especially old white males) and a lot of important plot points are spoken of, instead of shown. My previous exposure to the story has been useful. I’ve been fascinated by this era since I was a kid (I think it’s all of the wives) and I’ve read the excellent book that the show is based on. But regardless of prior knowledge, I think anyone who enjoys history should give this show a chance: The acting is top notch (Thomas Cromwell is played by Mark Rylance, one of the best actors I’ve seen on stage), the set and costumes are historically correct (the only lighting used was candlelight) and it’s portraying a period in History when Britain’s state and church got turned upside down because of a the kings desire for one woman.