PBS’ adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall novels took home the Best Limited Series or TV Film Golden Globe on Sunday, dethroning last year’s winner Fargo.
Give it up for Richard Jenkins: The veteran actor won his first Emmy award, snatching up lead actor honors for a miniseries.
“That was Lady Gaga,” the 68-year-old said when accepting his award from the American Horror Story: Hotel star.
Jenkins starred in HBO’s four-episode run of Olive Kitteridge as the titular character’s caring husband, Henry, as Olive (France McDormand) battles depression and rocky relationships to those close to her.
Olive Kitteridge, HBO’s sprawling domestic drama based on Elizabeth Strout’s book about an misanthropic New England schoolteacher, has won the Emmy for limited series.
Starring Frances McDormand in the title role, Olive Kitteridge beat out the macro-level crime drama American Crime, the macabre fantasia American Horror Story: Freak Show, the espionage thriller The Honorable Woman, and the historical pageant Wolf Hall.
Homeland veteran Damian Lewis transforms into King Henry VIII in PBS Masterpiece’s six-part Wolf Hall—it premiered April 5—based on Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novels. We asked Lewis to talk Tudor stye, historical misconceptions, and saying goodbye to Brody.
Before Frank Underwood, Littlefinger, and Karl Rove, there was Thomas Cromwell. The protagonist of PBS’s Wolf Hall was the ultimate fixer, a clever, calculating politico who escaped his lowborn origins to become an instrumental player in Henry VIII’s court. His efforts helped the king shake off the Catholic Church, ditch his wife (and eventually, wives), and reform England.
Naturally, people hated him for it. Cromwell’s ungentlemanly ambition earned him loads of enemies among the country’s nobility, and his legacy still suffers for it. Just look at his unpleasant official portrait, commissioned during the height of his influence: Even if he weren’t a lawyer, he’d be hard to love.
The BBC2 miniseries Wolf Hall, based on Hilary Mantel’s novels, has gotten off to a successful start in the U.K. The Guardian reports that the first episode brought in 3.9 million viewers, the most for a new BBC2 drama series since the start of Rome in 2005, which had 6.6 million viewers.
Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall and its sequel, the Man Booker Prize-winning Bring Up the Bodies, are going to have a big 2015. Now you can watch the trailer for the novels’ television adaptation. The six-part series is set to air on BBC Two in January and will come to American televisions on PBS in April.
The Royal Shakespeare Company is bringing its interpretation of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies to Broadway. Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 will begin previews March 20, 2015, and open April 9, 2015.
Brody’s got a new job: Damian Lewis (Homeland) will play Henry VIII in Masterpiece’s Wolf Hall on PBS.
The program will follow the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) in the Tudor court, from his start as a blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s closest advisor. Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) will play Anne Boleyn in the six-part mini-series written by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
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