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Damian Lewis to star in acclaimed drama Wolf Hall on BBC First @Foxtel

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Damian Lewis as Henry VIII image - supplied/BBC Worldwide

Damian Lewis as Henry VIII
image - supplied/BBC Worldwide

The highly-anticipated, 6-part TV adaption of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up The Bodies will be premiering in Australia on BBC First in the first half of 2015.

The lavish series stars Emmy-nominated Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, Olivier and Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Claire Foy as the calculating and ambitious Anne Boleyn.

No doubt some ABC viewers will again be frustrated at missing out on the premiere. BBC First is available in Australia on Foxtel and will be available on Fetch TV from the 1st February.

Directed by BAFTA-winning Peter Kosminsky and adapted by Oscar-nominated Peter Straughan, the flagship drama presents an intimate portrait of Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant consigliere to King Henry VIII, as he manoeuvres the corridors of power at the Tudor court. The story follows the complex machinations and back room dealings of this pragmatic and accomplished power broker – from humble beginnings and an enigmatic past – who must serve king and country while navigating deadly political intrigue, the King’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn and the religious upheavals of the Protestant reformation.

Mark Rylance says: "I love it when an author, such as Hilary Mantel, does her research and discovers an original understanding of a very familiar piece of history. Even during our rehearsals her detailed imagination of the world of Thomas Cromwell is alive in Peter Straughan's ingenious and faithful adaptation.”

Wolf Hall premiered in the UK last night and has been described by The Telegraph as “masterful” bringing “a fascinating, dangerous world into our living rooms.  Pay attention: this is TV worth watching.”

The drama also stars Jonathan Pryce (Cranford), Joanne Whalley (The Borgias), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock),Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife), Mathieu Amalric (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game Of Thrones) and Saskia Reeves (Turks & Caicos).

 “Wolf Hall is an enormously ambitious project that has resulted in genuine event television and we’re thrilled to continue to premiere blockbuster British drama in Australia on BBC First. Widely acknowledged as a literary masterpiece, it’s been crafted for TV with modern audiences in mind and is a hugely compelling and rewarding experience for viewers.” said Tim Christlieb, Acting Director of Channels for BBC Worldwide Aust & NZ

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