PBS Will Broadcast "Wolf Hall," Starring Mark Rylance, and Picks Up Second Season of Ian McKellen Sitcom

News   PBS Will Broadcast "Wolf Hall," Starring Mark Rylance, and Picks Up Second Season of Ian McKellen Sitcom PBS will broadcast the British miniseries "Wolf Hall," based on the books by Hilary Mantel — which have also been adapted for the stage — April 5, 2015, according to Deadline.com.

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Three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance (Boeing-Boeing, Jerusalem, Twelfth Night) and Damian Lewis (Hamlet) star in the six-part series that charts the rise of Thomas Cromwell (Rylance) from blacksmith's son to the closest advisor of Tudor King Henry VIII (Lewis).

The drama is a Company Pictures and Playground co-production for BBC Two and Masterpiece.

As previously announced, the Broadway engagement of Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies, based on the history novels by Hilary Mantel about Henry VIII, will begin performances this spring at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Deadline also reports that PBS has announced a second-season pickup for ITV's sitcom "Vicious," starring Tony winners Ian McKellen (Amadeus) and Derek Jacobi (Much Ado About Nothing). The six-episode season will debut next summer as part of a lineup of British programming.

Full episodes of the series — created by Gary Janetti — will be available for viewing on the PBS Video Portal for 30 days after each national broadcast. PBS aired the first season last summer.

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