Sunday, January 15, 2023

Tudor Tales Coming to TV

Let’s balance out that last item with some potentially fantastic news: Deadline reports that “Disney+ is ready to give the greenlight to an adaptation of C.J. Sansom’s bestselling Shardlake novels, depicting an unlikely detective working under Henry VIII’s reign.”

As most readers of this page probably know, British solicitor-turned-author Sansom has spent much of the last 20 years concocting mystery yarns (some of them quite hefty) around a hunchbacked 16th-century lawyer named Matthew Shardlake. The character was introduced in 2003’s Dissolution, and in 2018 the series added its seventh installment, Tombland. An eighth book, Ratcliff, was once rumored to be due out at the end of 2022, but more recent suggestions are that it will appear, instead, sometime later this year.

Deadline goes on to say that Disney+’s Shardlake “will shoot in the UK this year and sources said it could comprise four episodes.”

(Hat tip to In Reference to Murder.)

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