Well, this is exciting news! Fans of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies are everywhere performing back flips of glee right about now, as the good news breaks: the BBC will be producing a 6 part drama adaptation of the novels.
Mantel’s novels tell the story of Henry VIII’s secretary Thomas Cromwell and his rise to power. The King’s marriage to Anne Boleyn and her fall from grace are seen through the eyes of the fictionalised secretary, lending a fresh perspective to a fascinating period of England’s history. Wildly successful, the books were both nominated for the Man Booker Prize, which Wolf Hall won in 2009; Bring Up the Bodies is currently part of the prize’s 2012 longlist.
The novels will be adapted into screenplays by Peter Straughan, who wrote the recent Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy movie.
The mini-series is set to air in late 2013 and the cast has yet to be announced. Kenneth Williams, Donald Pleasence, Iain Mitchell and James Frain have all played Cromwell. Who do you think would suit the role?