Hilary Mantel, Mark Rylance talk new BBC and PBS series, 'Wolf Hall'

By Marcina Zaccaria,

Wolf Hall, a six-part miniseries adaptation of Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novels, is heading for the BBBC in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S. Actor Mark Rylance and Mantel recently spoke about the project.

Rylance, who plays Thomas Cromwell, said the adaptation is "ingenious and faithful."

Wolf Hall will feature Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, as we reported last week. It will also feature David Bradley as Norfolk, Richard Dillane as the Duke of Suffolk, and Claire Foy as Anne Boley. The series is directed by Peter Kosminsky and written by Peter Straughan.

Wolf Hall is a story based on Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning best-seller about the intrigue at the court of King Henry VIII.

"And there's nothing like watching a live show that's different every night for reminding you that these were living, breathing human beings. They're not paper constructs," Mantel told the Associated Press. "They're not the fabrications of historians - they're flesh and blood."

The program will be on the air next year on PBS in the U.S. and the BBC in Britain.

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