The Mirror And The Light, By Hilary Mantel

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01Beheading20200316

Anton Lesser reads the eagerly-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series. Today: the beheading of Anne Boleyn raises difficult questions as to who will succeed Henry VIII.

Writer: Hilary Mantel is one of the UK's most distinguished writers. Her two previous Thomas Cromwell novels, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, both won the Booker Prize.
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

02Episode 2: Nuptials20200317

Anton Lesser reads the eagerly-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series. Today: on the day his first wife loses her head, Henry VIII marries his second wife, Jane Seymour. England needs a legitimate heir, so Cromwell is keen to hear how the wedding night went.

Writer: Hilary Mantel
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser reads the finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

02Episode 2: Wedding Night20200317
03Episode 3: Succession20200318

Anton Lesser reads the eagerly-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series. Today: The king has been granted the right to choose his own heir, should Jane fail to give him a child. And Cromwell now wonders if Henry might favour his illegitimate son, Fitzroy, the Duke of Richmond...

Writer: Hilary Mantel
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser reads the finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

04Episode 4: Reconciliation20200319

Anton Lesser reads the eagerly-awaited final part of Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

Today: Fearing that forces in Europe are gathering behind Henry's daughter Mary, Cromwell urges a reconciliation between Henry and his eldest daughter.

Writer: Hilary Mantel
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser reads the finale to Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

05Episode 5: Fighting Fires20200320

Anton Lesser reads the eagerly-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

It is July 1536. Henry has been reunited with his eldest daughter Mary, and England still hopes for a legitimate heir from Henry’s new wife Jane. But in the meantime, Cromwell must now concern himself with demands from Henry’s illegitimate son and his Scottish niece, Margaret.

Writer: Hilary Mantel
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser reads the finale of Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

06Episode 6: Rumours20200323

Anton Lesser reads the long-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

Summer 1536: Cromwell is fighting fires on all fronts – having just seen off the potentially disastrous betrothal of Henry’s niece, Margaret Douglas, rumours are now circulating about his intentions towards Mary, the king’s eldest daughter..

Writer: Hilary Mantel
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser reads the finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

07Episode 7: Rejection20200324

Anton Lesser reads the long-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

Autumn 1536: Henry is still mourning the loss of his young son, and his Scottish niece Margaret is now in the Tower. During the summer Cromwell has been busy at work dissolving the smaller religious houses, but now he pays a visit to the convent where Cardinal Wolsey’s illegitimate daughter lives.

Writer: Hilary Mantel
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser reads the finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

08Episode 8: Rebellion20200325

Anton Lesser continues the long-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

The winter of 1536 has seen violent uprisings in the North with rebel forces protesting against Henry’s break with Rome and Cromwell’s ruthless dealings with the monasteries. The rebels are finally brought to heal, but at great financial cost to Henry, and to Cromwell’s reputation.

Writer: Hilary Mantel
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser reads the finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

09Episode 9: Bloody Chamber20200326

Anton Lesser continues the long-awaited final book in Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell trilogy.

August 1537: England is still healing from the wounds of the northern rebellions, but the queen’s pregnancy has held, so all hope is of an heir...

Writer: Hilary Mantel
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser reads the finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

10Episode 10: Portrait20200327

Anton Lesser continues the long-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

Autumn 1539. Henry finally has a legitimate heir, but has lost his beloved wife Jane. With England in need of allies, Cromwell’s attentions are now turned to Germany to secure an alliance in the shape of a new wife for Henry. Anne of Cleves is a likely candidate.

Writer: Hilary Mantel
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser reads the final book of Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

11Episode 11: Sacrifice20200330

Anton Lesser continues the long-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

After Henry’s disastrous decision to surprise his new bride, Anne of Cleves, relations are delicate. Henry wants rid of Anne, but Cromwell fears this will mean the end of the alliance with Germany...

Writer: Hilary Mantel
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser continues the long-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell series

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

12Episode 12: Renaissance20200331

Anton Lesser continues the long-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

After Henry’s disastrous decision to surprise his new bride, Anne of Cleves, in Kent relations are delicate. Henry wants rid of Anne, but Cromwell fears this will mean the end of the alliance with Germany...

Writer: Hilary Mantel
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser continues the finale to Hilary Mantel's acclaimed Thomas Cromwell series.

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

13Episode 13: Downfall20200401

Anton Lesser continues the long-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

June 1540: Cromwell’s close relationship with Henry has been under pressure as the king’s dissatisfaction with his marriage grows. And still Henry’s cousin Reginald Pole is at large in Europe, plotting against the king. Cromwell begins to fear for his future...

Writer: Hilary Mantel
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser continues the final part of Hilary Mantel's acclaimed Thomas Cromwell series.

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

14Episode 14: Betrayal20200402

Anton Lesser continues the long-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

June 1540: Cromwell has been arrested and is in the Tower. Betrayed by most of his old colleagues, all he can do now is wait to hear who else has turned against him. Is there a way to regain Henry's favour?

Writer: Hilary Mantel
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser continues the finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

15Episode 15: Ghosts20200403

Anton Lesser continues the long-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

Cromwell waits in the Bell Tower, convinced that there will be no reprieve, and concerned only about the future of his family and household. Sensing that he his end will come soon, he thinks back over his life, and the ghosts of his past

Writer: Hilary Mantel
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

Anton Lesser reads the finale to Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.

Anton Lesser reads the final part of Hilary Mantel's award-winning Thomas Cromwell series.