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Stars Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis


Based on Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-Winning Novels


Airs on MASTERPIECE on PBS Sundays, April 5 – May 10 (Check Local Listings)


Arlington, Va.April 27, 2015 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “WOLF HALL” on DVD and Blu-ray April 28, 2015. Tony® Award-winning actor Mark Rylance (“Twelfth Night”) and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Damian Lewis (“Homeland”) star in this drama adapted from Hilary Mantel’s best-selling Booker Prize-winning novels: “Wolf Hall” and its sequel, “Bring Up the Bodies.” “WOLF HALL” presents an intimate and provocative portrait of Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant and enigmatic consigliere to King Henry VIII, as he maneuvers the corridors of power at the Tudor court.


WOLF HALL” has a run time of approx. 6 hours on 3 discs. The DVD SRP is $34.99, and the Blu-ray SRP is $39.99. The program will also be available for digital download.


BAFTA Award-winner Peter Kosminsky (“White Oleander,” “The Government Inspector”) directs this flagship MASTERPIECE production adapted by Oscar® nominee Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”). Filmed entirely on location in England at National Trust properties, “WOLF HALL” is a Playground Entertainment and Company Pictures production for BBC and MASTERPIECE in association with BBC Worldwide, Altus Media and Prescience. MASTERPIECE is presented by WGBH Boston. Viking River Cruises is the exclusive corporate funder of “WOLF HALL” on MASTERPIECE.


Mark Rylance is Thomas Cromwell, a brutal blacksmith’s son who rises from the ashes of personal disaster, and deftly picks his way through a court where ‘man is wolf to man.’

Damian Lewis is King Henry VIII, haunted by his brother’s premature death and obsessed with protecting the Tudor dynasty by securing his succession with a male heir to the throne.


Told from Cromwell’s perspective, “WOLF HALL” follows the complex machinations and back room dealings of this pragmatic and accomplished power broker – from humble beginnings and with an enigmatic past – who must serve king and country while dealing with deadly political intrigue, Henry VIII’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn and the religious upheavals of the Protestant Reformation.


A historical drama for a modern audience, this unromanticized re-telling lifts the veil on the Tudor middle class and the internal struggles England faced on the brink of Reformation. At the center of it all is Cromwell, navigating the moral complexities that accompany the exercise of power, trapped between his desire to do what is right and his instinct to survive.


The cast also includes Claire Foy (“Little Dorrit”) as the future queen Anne Boleyn, Bernard Hill (“Five Days”) as the king's military commander the Duke of Norfolk, Anton Lesser (“Endeavour”) as Thomas More, Mark Gatiss (“Sherlock”) as Cromwell’s rival advisor Stephen Gardiner, Joanne Whalley (“The Borgias”) as Henry’s spurned first wife, Katherine of Aragon, and Jonathan Pryce (“Cranford”) as Cardinal Wolsey, the powerful Lord Chancellor who recognized Cromwell’s potential.


Also appearing are Mathieu Amalric (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) as the Spanish ambassador Eustace Chapuys, Charity Wakefield (“Sense & Sensibility”) as Anne Boleyn’s sister Mary, Richard Dillane (“The Dark Knight”) as the king’s brother-in-law the Duke of Suffolk, Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“Game of Thrones”) as Cromwell’s ward Rafe Sadler, Natasha Little (“Breathless”) as Cromwell’s wife, Liz, and Saskia Reeves (“Worricker”) as her sister Johane.


WOLF HALL” is a Playground Entertainment and Company Pictures production for BBC and MASTERPIECE in association with BBC Worldwide, Altus Media and Prescience. The executive producers are John Yorke for Company Pictures, Polly Hill, BBC Head of Independent Drama, for BBC TWO, Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE, Martin Rakusen and Ben Donald for BBC Worldwide and Tim Smith for Prescience. The executive producer is Colin Callender. The producer is Mark Pybus. The writer is Peter Straughan. The director is Peter Kosminsky.


MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is Executive Producer. Viking River Cruises is the exclusive corporate funder of “WOLF HALL” on MASTERPIECE on PBS, with additional funding provided by The MASTERPIECE Trust.



About Playground

PLAYGROUND is an independent theater and television company founded by Emmy and Tony Award-winning producer Colin Callender in 2012. Last year Playground received five Emmy and six Golden Globes nominations, with Jacqueline Bisset winning

Best Supporting Actress for Stephen Poliakoff’s DANCING ON THE EDGE.


Productions this year include the critically acclaimed Golden Globe- nominated THE MISSING starring James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor for BBC and Starz, and the BBC/Masterpiece mini-series WOLF HALL based on Hilary Mantel’s best-selling novels

starring Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis and Claire Foy. Playground is currently in pre-production on the television adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s THE DRESSER starring Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen directed by Richard Eyre for BBC.


On Broadway, Playground produced Nora Ephron’s multiple Tony-nominated LUCKY GUY starring Tom Hanks, this season’s Tony nominated CASA VALENTINA by Harvey Fierstein and Ken Branagh’s New York debut in MACBETH. Currently on Broadway are Jez Butterworth’s THE RIVER starring Hugh Jackman and HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, winning Callender a Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.


About PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.


PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’s films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming. As a multi-channel distributor, PBS Distribution offers consumers high-quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming. PBS Distribution is also a leading source for factual content for international broadcast, cable and satellite services.




Street Date: April 28, 2015

Genre: Drama

Run Time: Approx. 6 Hours on 3 Discs

SRP: DVD $34.99 and Blu-ray $39.99

Format: DVD and Blu-ray