Don't get me wrong, I think it is a wonderfully made and amazingly acted production but... I just have such incredibly strong ideas about how the characters are, how lines should be delivered, how people should act. And while I can see why everything in the TV show is how it is, it's just not my Wolf Hall, it's not the Cromwell I had in mind, and I'm not enjoying it anywhere near as much as I thought I might.
Mark Rylance is such a fantastic actor, but Cromwell in my mind is so different (though I suspect he looks a little like James Frain following watching some of the bloody awful Tudors ) and I'm struggling to see him quite as the potential murderer Cromwell should be.
Highlight for me too, starting to anticipate feeling sad when it's finished.
I feel like I could watch Mark Ryalnce for hours, just...^thinking^...
I'd even be interested in his interpretation of doing a bit of gardening, there's so much going on under the surface. There was even a bit where he was literally twiddling his thumbs and I was fascinated. I have to declare though that I don't get out much these days.
I think last night they very deftly stepped up the darker side with his threatening of Harry Percy, pulling a knife in the dark, joining hands with Anne against More. Loved it.
Sorry I understand where you are coming from though, it is hard to watch an adaptation of a well-loved book, if it's wrong for you, then it's wrong.
There are very, very few adaptations of books that I have ever enjoyed & I was fully expecting to go "NO!" & turn the TV off after 20 minutes of Wolf Hall.
But I am loving it, just loving it. I've watched every episode twice & will probably watch them all a third time after the series is finished. It is the stillness of the whole production that amazes me.
Sadly there are a lot of deleted posts in the earlier half of it, but if you skip to posts from Feb 3rd onwards there is some wonderful discussion about the Tudor era, religion, Wycliffe etc. All by some very knowledgeable (& one professional) historians. Fascinating & with some great links.