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An arresting presence in 'Wolf Hall'

An arresting presence in 'Wolf Hall'

Beginning Sunday and for the following five weeks, PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" will be the home of "Wolf Hall." When I say that it is no "Downton Abbey," I mean it in the best way. A miniseries based on a pair of novels by the English writer Hilary Mantel, it focuses on Thomas Cromwell, who rose from more or less nowhere to become the right hand of Henry VIII, a position with its advantages and also its disadvantages, as even a casual student of English history, or a person who has ever seen a movie about Henry or his wives, would know. Not to be confused with his better known great-great-great-nephew Oliver, Cromwell — whom Mantel paints more...

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