The BEST Episodes of Wolf Hall

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 9, 2020

Network: BBC Two

England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the King dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The Pope and most of Europe oppose him. Into this impass steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer, and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?

Master of Phantoms

#1 - Master of Phantoms

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 25, 2015

After uncovering treasonable offences, Cromwell exacts the ultimate revenge.

star 8.02
247 votes
Directors: Peter Kosminsky
Writers: Peter Straughan
Entirely Beloved

#2 - Entirely Beloved

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 28, 2015

Cardinal Wolsey has been forced out of court to travel north to his archdiocese in York. As Wolsey retreats north, he urges Cromwell to get close to Anne Boleyn. For Thomas Cromwell, this is only a tactical retreat; in time the cardinal will regain the King's favour.

star 7.86
355 votes
Directors: Peter Kosminsky
Writers: Peter Straughan

#3 - Crows

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 18, 2015

The Act of Supremacy has declared Henry supreme head of the church in England. But the Holy Roman Emperor and his ambassador, Eustache Chapuys, have refused to recognise either his new title or his marriage to Anne Boleyn.

star 7.86
250 votes
Directors: Peter Kosminsky
Writers: Peter Straughan
The Devil's Spit

#4 - The Devil's Spit

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 11, 2015

Anne gives birth to a baby girl, Elizabeth. Henry does little to hide his disappointment. Anne is aware that her power in court rests on producing a male heir and in her paranoia, cracks appear in her relationship with Cromwell.

star 7.79
255 votes
Directors: Peter Kosminsky
Writers: Peter Straughan
Anna Regina

#5 - Anna Regina

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 4, 2015

Although he has no official title, Cromwell is relied on more in the running of the king's affairs. Cromwell manoeuvres a bill through Parliament acknowledging Henry rather than the pope as head of the Church of England.

star 7.78
291 votes
Directors: Peter Kosminsky
Writers: Peter Straughan
Three Card Trick

#6 - Three Card Trick

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 21, 2015

Thomas Cromwell's patron Cardinal Wolsey is dismissed as Lord Chancellor & forced to flee his palace. The old noble families of England, jealous of their own right to advise the king, have long waited for this moment. Lacking a male heir, the King is desperate to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon.

star 7.53
509 votes
Directors: Peter Kosminsky
Writers: Peter Straughan