Articles Tagged 'Henry VIII'

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn pop out for a stroll in the BBC’s ‘Wolf Hall’ (Pic: BBC)

10 Little-Known Facts About the Real Wolf Hall

This Sunday (April 5), the recent BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Out The Bodies comes to PBS, starring Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis. It’s the story of Thomas Cromwell, a lawyer and former mercenary from a poor background who ended up becoming an advisor first to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, and then […]

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Scrumdiddlyumptious: Mark Rylance is the BFG

Let’s not squiff-squiddle around, this is no time for gobblefunking. There’s a new, live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book The BFG, directed by Steven Speilberg, and he has cast one of Britain’s mightiest thespian talents in the lead role. Mark Rylance—winner of the Olivier Award twice and the Tony three times—will play the […]

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Mark Rylance Heads Up The Cast Of ‘Wolf Hall’

This is a project that appears to have been a long time in the planning, but it’s finally been confirmed that Mark Rylance – the theatrical astonishment last seen fending off Stephen Fry’s advances in the internationally syndicated Shakespeare’s Globe production of Twelfth Night – is to play the lead role in a BBC/Masterpiece adaptation […]

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Memorize the Last 1000 Years of Monarchs with a Song

Since the announcement of the royal birth, line of succession to the throne has been in the limelight. (At the center of focus was the change in succession laws, which now states that an older girl cannot be dropped down in line to the throne in place of a younger brother. The child of Catherine, […]

‘Would You Rather’ Question of the Day: ‘Tudors’ Edition

Our week of “Would You Rather” questions, in celebration of Graham Norton‘s new show premiering Saturday (December 3), has reached Hump Day, so to speak. Today, we venture into the lusty world of The Tudors and offer you this set of choices. (NOTE: we know there’s a bit of overlap between the two groups.) Would […]

Great Royal Scandals – Monarchs Behaving Badly

Looking forward to the mayhem, vice and scandal of The Tudors? Season 3 starts tonight (Nov. 16) at 9/8c and picks up where the lust, double-dealing and murder of Season 2 left off. As you know, Henry VIII (portrayed by actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers) knew how to get what he wanted – except, perhaps for […]

Henry VIII Ruled the Screen Even Before ‘The Tudors’

A couple of years back, while visiting England with two then 13-year-old nieces, I took them to see Hampton Court, where Henry VIII and other British rulers lived and frolicked. When I suggested that we view a special temporary exhibit on Henry VIII, one niece responded, “Some old guy king? I don’t think so.” “He […]