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Friday, November 18, 2011

BBC & HBO Adapt ‘Wolf Hall’ Novel For TV

HBO are teaming up with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to produce a made for TV mini-series of the Hilary Mantel novel ‘Wolf Hall‘. The novel won Mantel the UK’s most prestigious literary award, the Man Booker Prize, in 2009.The adaptation will be penned by the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy movie writer Peter Straughan and will become a four part series to be broadcast on HBO and BBC2.

A work of fiction,Wolf Hall is set in England during the first half of the 16th century and follows the rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII. Cromwell, a staunch supporter of the English Reformation, helps Henry VIII annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon so he can marry his mistress Anne Boleyn. The King eventually tires of Cromwell and has him executed.

Developing the series for HBO and the BBC are Company Pictures, the team behind Shameless, Skins and The Shadow Line, and former HBO Films president Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment.

Source: The Guardian