Mark Rylance

Second series of Wolf Hall to begin filming

Mark Rylance playing Thomas Cromwell in Tudor dress stands in front of ornate wooden panels

The first series adapted the Hilary Mantel novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which semi-fictionalised the rise to power of Thomas Cromwell. Coming from nothing, Cromwell rapidly found a political foothold in the court of King Henry VIII, as well as a score of enemies.

Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light is named after the third novel in Mantel’s trilogy, covering the last four years of Cromwell’s life. With Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy) executed, Henry finds happiness in his third marriage, this time tying the knot with Jane Seymour (Kate Phillips).

Peter Kosminsky’s drama The Undeclared War explores a catastrophe waiting to happen

The Undeclared War (credit: Channel 4)

‘Because it’s terrifying,” was Peter Kosminsky’s no-holds-barred answer when I ask him why he would take on the knotty problem – televisually as much as narratively – of bringing cyber conflict to the screen, before he expanded on the dire potential real-life consequences for us all.