Mark Rylance has stated that the codpieces on the otherwise historically accurate costumes were made smaller at the request of PBS who felt that American audiences might be offended.
Mark Rylance previously played the Father of Anne Boleyn in the movie The Other Boleyn Girl.
The series' executive producer, Colin Callender, stated in February 2015 that he hoped that the BBC would commission an extension of the series based on the final novel in Hilary Mantel's trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, which Mantel is currently writing. Callender said that lead performers Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis were "eager" to return.
Joanne Whalley plays Katherine of Aragon in Wolf Hall. In the BBC short series "The Virgin Queen" she played Katherine's daughter, Mary I of England.
The six-part series is an adaptation of two of Hilary Mantel's novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, a fictionalised biography documenting the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII through to the death of Sir Thomas More, followed by Cromwell's success in freeing the king of his marriage to Anne Boleyn.
Critics have been "almost unanimous" in their praise of the show, with particular reference to the attention to period detail, the faithful adaptation of the source novels, and the performances of the leading cast members, particularly Mark Rylance as Cromwell and Claire Foy as Boleyn.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Rafe), Mark Gatiss (Stephen Gardiner), Harry Lloyd (Harry Percy), Jonathan Pryce (Cardinal Wolsey) and Enzo Cilenti (Antonio Bonvisi) also play important roles in the Game of Thrones: Jojen Reed, Tycho Nestoris, Viserys Targaryen, High Sparrow and Yezzan respectively. Also, Richard Dillane who plays the Duke of Suffolk is the brother of Stephen Dillane, who plays Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones.
The series was a critical success and received eight nominations at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards and three nominations at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, winning for Best Miniseries or Television Film.
Wolf Hall is a British television serial first broadcast on BBC Two in January 2015.
Features 8 Game of Thrones actors: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed), Mark Gatiss (Tycho Nestoris), Anton Lesser (Qyburn), Jonathan Pryce (High Sparrow), Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen), Enzo Cilenti (Yezzan zo Qaggaz), Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon) & Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel).
Peter Kosminsky's decision to film many of the interior scenes by candlelight led to the actors bumping into things, and fearing they might catch fire.
Wolf Hall was filmed in two locations in Kent: Dover Castle doubled for the Tower of London, and the Long Gallery, Tapestry Room, and Queen Elizabeth Room in Penshurst Place were used as specific rooms in Whitehall (York Place), which was Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII's residence. The Long Gallery doubled as Anne Boleyn's chamber.
For the 5th Critics' Choice Television Awards, the series received four nominations: Best Limited Series, Mark Rylance for Best Actor, Jonathan Pryce for Best Supporting Actor, and Claire Foy for Best Supporting Actress.
In the United State PBS broadcast the series on Masterpiece from 5 April 2015 to 10 May 2015. The series was subsequently licensed to Amazon Prime.
Wolf Hall was first broadcast in April 2015 in the United States on PBS and in Australia on BBC First.
A few dissenting voices found some flaws in the series. The Daily Telegraph alleges that there was a substantial drop in ratings between the first and second episode, despite all the following episodes holding high and consistent ratings. Simon Schama has stated concerns about how the series depicts historical figures.
Claire Foy (Anne Boleyn) & Kate Phillips (Jane Seymour) also worked together on The Crown (2016) as Queen Elizabeth II & Venetia Scott respectively.
Australia: BBC First premiered the series on 11 April 2015 and it was watched by 46,000 viewers.
Tom Holland (Gregory Cromwell) and Emma Hiddleston (Meg More) both make appearances in the episodes, Wolf Hall: Entirely Beloved (2015) and Wolf Hall: Anna Regina (2015). Emma's brother, Tom Hiddleston and Tom are both a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and have appeared in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). They played Loki and Peter Parker/Spider-Man respectively.