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Tudor TV Programmes – January 2015

As many of you know, Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall has been adapted by the BBC and starts in the UK at 9pm on 21st January on BBC2. It is also due to be aired in the US on PBS's Masterpiece from 5th April.

Here is the trailer:

It stars Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, and the cast also includes Claire Foy, Jonathan Pryce and Joanne Whalley.

There are Tudor treats in store for those who prefer factual programmes too:

  • Britain's Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court Palace - BBC2, Saturday 10 January at 9pm. This programmes recreates the christening of Edward VI in 1537, presented by Lucy Worsley and David Starkey.
  • Holbein: Eye of the Tudors - A Culture Show Special - BBC2, 24 January. Waldemar Januszczak looks at the life and work of an artist who became famous for bringing the Tudor age to life, but who could have been so many other things.
  • Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home - BBC4, Tuesday 20 January, 9pm. In Hidden Killers Of The Tudor Home, Suzannah explores how in Tudor houses the threat of a grisly, unpleasant death was never far away in a world, or indeed home, still mired in the grime and filth of the Medieval period – and how we still live with the legacy of some of these killers today.
  • Mary Arden: A Tudor Life - BBC4, date to be announced, presented by Michael Wood. Mary Arden: A Tudor Life asks what role a Tudor woman had, working on the farm with her father, and then in business with her husband; whether she could read and write; how she brought up her children; the stories she told, and the beliefs she passed down in an age of religious persecution; and how the political battles of the Elizabethan state could touch even an ordinary family.

See for more details.

Note: The Last Days of Anne Boleyn documentary is also being repeated on Saturday 10 January 2015 on BBC2 at 7.30pm. The Other Boleyn Girl movie is on at 10pm.

I only have US dates for Wolf Hall (sorry!) but perhaps BBC America will air the other programmes.

There are 9 comments Go To Comment

  1. A

    Thank you very much, Claire! I have ‘highlighted’ (is that a word?) all the dates in my agenda/cell phone!

  2. C

    Good to know that Wolf Hall will be making its way to the USA this spring! Looking forward to it.

  3. L

    Read the books , so looking forward th Wolf Hall

  4. L

    What are the wolf hall US dates?

    1. C - Post Author

      It starts on PBS’s Masterpiece on 5th April.

  5. L

    Well it might be worth a look just for a laugh, although if I want pure histerics, I’ve only got to look in the mirror LOL…

  6. D

    when will these shows air in Australia and on what channel we don’t get BBC2 here we only get BBC First or UKTV

    1. C - Post Author

      I don’t know, I’m afraid. Perhaps BBC First will get the rights to air them.

  7. J

    RSC bringing Wolf Hall Part 1 and 2 to Broadway from 21st March, llving in NY and printed off my tickets today. So looking forward to it.

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Tudor TV Programmes – January 2015