‘I won’t dumb down Wolf Hall for television audience’ says author Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel has revealed that she hasn't dumbed down the TV adaptation
The 62-year-old writer will see her novel come to life on the small screen next week but decided not to “dumb it down” in order for it to suit a wider television audience.
With over 1,000 pages of historical drama, the story of Wolf Hall isn’t exactly an easy read so the TV show may be rather complicated too.
Speaking after a screening of the first two episodes at the BFI cinema in London, Mantel said: “It is complex, there’s no point in dumbing down the story. Why do it if you have to reduce it to clichés and over–simplifications?”
The six–part television adaptation will follow Mantel’s story and show the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell.
Damian Lewis takes on the role of King Henry VIII in the six-part drama
It is complex, there’s no point in dumbing down the story. Why do it if you have to reduce it to clichés and over–simplifications?
The novel is said to portray Henry and his wives as they have never been seen before, and has even won Mantel the Booker Prize.
The TV show, which starts on BBC Two next Wednesday, will see Damian Lewis take on the role of Henry VIII and also stars Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Mark Gatiss.
Speaking about the role, Lewis said recently: “What we’re trying to concentrate on a bit is just to give a more varied portrait of Henry.
“When we see him there’s great variety in his character and his personality. You might see him composing something on the lute, or in a very boyish way dreaming about Jane Seymour.”
He added: “His ability to love and then to simply discard is sociopathic.
“That is very damaging to one’s personality over a period of time, which is why I think he became increasingly paranoid, self-indulgent, grandiose and cruel in the last ten years of his life.”
Claire Foy takes on the role of Anne Boleyn in the TV drama