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Wolf Hall: the perfect antidote to Game of Thrones

The BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Tudor novels was a subtle exploration of religion and power

By Sameer Rahim  
Fervent idealist: Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in the Wolf Hall Credit: BBC

Fervent idealist: Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in the Wolf Hall Credit: BBC

Television loves a good medieval romp. In recent years, we’ve had the bodice-ripping The Tudors, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as a sleek Henry VIII ruling over a sybaritic court. And of course there is the phenomenon of Game of Thrones based on George RR Martin’s fantasy novels. Although friends of mine are obsessed by this series, I’ve never thought much of it. What rankles is its…

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