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BBC's Wolf Hall and their deliberate distortion of history


Wolf Hall, the BBC and PBS drama based on Hilary Mantel's novels, is heading back to screens after a near-decade-long hiatus.

Set in 16th-century England, Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light depicts Thomas Cromwell's (played by Mark Rylance) rise to one of the country's most feared and important figures during Henry VIII's (Damian Lewis) reign.

According to the BBC, the final instalment in Mantel's series "will trace the final four years of Cromwell’s life, completing his journey from self-made man to the most feared, influential figure of his time.

"Cromwell is as complex as he is unforgettable: a politician and a fixer, a diplomat and a father, a man who both defied and defined his age."

Rylance and Lewis will reprise their roles alongside the likes of fellow returning cast members Kate Phillips (as Jane Seymour) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster who will play Sir Rafe Sadler.

Among the newcomers to the cast is Sarah Priddy, an actress of Bahamian descent who'll take on the part of Lady Margery Seymour, Jane Seymour's mother.

According to the Telegraph, there is "no historical evidence that the Seymours had non-white heritage".

The publication also claims the BBC hasn't confirmed if it has adopted a policy for colour-blind casting for the aforementioned roles.

The BBC’s chief content officer, Charlotte Moore, has celebrated the imminent return of Wolf Hall, lauding the cast and storytellers who'll star.

Moore said: "A stunning and unforgettable adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s sublime novels, Wolf Hall quickly established itself as one of the all-time great television dramas, with millions of adoring viewers across the UK and around the world.

"Almost a decade on we’re delighted to have reunited this exceptional creative team and lead cast to conclude Mantel’s thrilling saga on the BBC."