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Watch the First PBS Trailer for ‘Wolf Hall’ Coming In April

The highly anticipated television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies) is set to air on Masterpiece this April and PBS has released its first teaser trailer for the Tudor-era drama.

The six-part series follows the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell, a lowly blacksmith’s son who eventually became one of the most powerful men in England as chief advisor to King Henry VIII. Cromwell was one of the primary architects of the English Reformation and helped to engineer the dissolution of Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon so that he could marry his mistress Anne Boleyn.

Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Rylance stars as Cromwell, along with Homeland’s Damian Lewis, Upstairs Downstairs’ Claire Foy, Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine, Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Pryce and more. (Yeah, the cast for this is pretty amazing, right?)

Watch Julie Walters in the Trailer for ‘Indian Summers’

Channel 4 has revealed the first trailer for its upcoming lavish ten-part period drama Indian Summers, which aims to tell the story of the final years of British colonial rule in India.

Following an assassination attempt at the Royal Club in Simla stories of promises, secrets, politics, power, sex and love play out as the British Raj begins to falter and a nation opens its eyes to the possibilities of freedom.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Julie Walters leads a massive all-star star cast that includes Harry Potter’s Henry-Lloyd Hughes, The Borgias Jemima West, Bedlam’s Nikesh Patel, Lilette Dubey, Mr. Selfridge’s Alexander Cobb, Craig Parkinson, Fiona Glascott and many more.

Get Your First Look at ‘Death in Paradise’ Series 4

Mystery series Death in Paradise was faced with an unenviable task at the beginning of its third season – how do you reinvent a show whose premise is based on a rather grumpy detective sent to investigate murder in a tropical paradise when the actor who plays said detective has decided to leave the show?

As Season 3 began, that’s exactly what happened. Despite the show’s popularity, star Ben Miller, who played DI Richard Poole, decided he wanted to try other things, and was subsequently written out of the show. He was replaced by Kris Marshall, an actor whom many Americans had probably only known as Colin from popular Christmas rom-com Love Actually until that point. (He’s the guy that travels to Wisconsin in hopes of finding an American girlfriend.)

Michael Kitchen Returns in a New Season of ‘Foyle’s War’

Get excited, mystery fans – an all new season of Foyle’s War is headed our way!

Star Michael Kitchen is back as Senior Intelligence Officer Christopher Foyle, along with Honeysuckle Weeks as his loyal assistant Samantha Stewart (now Wainwright), who is still struggling to balance her life working with Foyle and her life at home with her husband Adam.. Other returning cast members include Daniel Weyman as Adam Wainwright, Ellie Haddington as Hilda Pierce, Tim McMullan as Valentine and Rupert Vansittart as Sir Alec Meyerson.

A Winter Delight: ‘Grantchester’ Comes to ‘Masterpiece Mystery’

While I wouldn’t consider myself a mystery genre aficionado, I do enjoy a good whodunit from time to time. My view is that without interesting characters and the corresponding relationships between them, one detective series is pretty much like another. So when I first heard about Grantchester, I thought we were in for another cozy mystery show in the manner of Miss Marple or Midsomer Murders. After all, the lead character is a rural vicar who for whom crime solving becomes something of an avocation.

But this seems to be something a bit different.

Watch: Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis in ‘Wolf Hall’ Trailer

The BBC has released the first trailer for the highly anticipated Tudor drama Wolf Hall, which will adapt author Hilary Mantel’s bestselling pair of Booker Prize-winning novels (Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies) for the small screen.

The six-part drama will follow the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell, from lowly blacksmith’s son to one of the most powerful men in England as chief advisor to King Henry VIII. Cromwell was one of the main architects of the English Reformation, helping to engineer the dissolution of Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon so that he might marry his mistress Anne Boleyn. Cromwell was also instrumental in negotiating Henry’s fourth marriage to Anne of Cleves, and instituted widespread, extensive religious reforms.

‘Wolf Hall’ to Premiere on Masterpiece in April 2015

Wolf Hall, the highly anticipated adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize winning-pair of Tudor-era novels, has an official American airdate! The drama will debut as part of the upcoming Spring schedule on PBS’s Masterpiece, and will premiere on April 5.

The six-part series will follow the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell, from lowly blacksmith’s son to chief advisor to King Henry VIII. Among other things, Cromwell was a chief architect of the English Reformation, helping to engineer the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon, in order to allow the king to marry his mistress Anne Boleyn. He was also instrumental in Anne’s later fall from grace, negotiated Henry VIII’s fourth marriage to Anne of Cleves and instituted widespread (and extensive) religious reforms.

Natalie Dormer to Lead Cast of BBC’s ‘The Woman in Red’

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer has been tapped to lead the cast of upcoming BBC Two production The Woman in Red, a factual drama meant to explore the scandalous life of Lady Seymour Worsley, a woman whose very virtue was put on trial in 1782 when she dared to leave her husband and elope with his best friend.

The ninety minute drama will focus on the very public court case brought on by Lady Seymour’s first husband, Sir Richard Worsley, which became something of a forum to debate a woman’s worth and challenge the idea that a wife was merely an extension of her husband’s property.

 

‘Merlin’s’ Colin Morgan, ‘Doc Martin’s’ Katherine Parkinson to Star in New AMC Series ‘Humans’

Well, this is certainly interesting. AMC – the US cable network home to critical darlings like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, as well as smash hit zombie drama The Walking Dead – is joining forces with England’s Channel 4 to create a remake of Swedish sci-fi series Real Humans, starring quite a few notable British actors.

Merlin star Colin Morgan is set to star, alongside Doc Martin’s Katherine Parkinson, Mr. Selfridge’s Tom Goodman-Hill, Damages William Hurt, The Thick of It’s Rebecca Front, Game of Thrones Will Tudor, Bedlam’s Gemma Chan and more.

The drama is set in a near-future world in which robots – called “Synths” – that are made to look like real people are commonly used as domestic workers and personal servants. In a twist that will surprise no one that’s watched any sort of science-fiction ever, some of the synths seem to develop some form of consciousness and start engaging in various sorts of more “human” behaviors.

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