We Just Can’t Get Enough Corruption in the Halls of Power…
“Wolf Hall” fictionalizes the life of Thomas Cromwell, crafty architect of Henry VIII’s annulment from Catherine of Aragon, the execution of Sir Thomas Moore, Henry’s schism with the Church of Rome, and the Reformation.
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Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic, Rome is the wealthiest city in the world – a cosmopolitan metropolis of one million people and epicenter of a sprawling empire. But the principles of shared power and fierce personal competition on which the empire was founded are crumbling, eaten away by corruption and excess. 2 seasons.
Rodrigo Borgia becomes Pope Alexander VI in 1468, propelling him, his two Machiavellian sons Cesare and Juan, and his scandalously beautiful daughter, Lucrezia, to become the most powerful and influential family of the Italian Renaissance. 3 seasons.
Covers the early life of King Henry VIII, beginning after his assumption of the British throne at the age of 19, in 1509. 4 seasons.
War and Peace
Set during the years surrounding Napoleon’s invasion of Russia (1812), and follows the changing fortunes of brooding hero Prince Andrej, his bookish friend Pierre, and the spirited but naive Natasha. As Napoleon’s armies menace their privileged lives, the horrors of the battlefield reach into the elegant ballrooms and bedrooms of Moscow. 4 episodes.
Jewel in the Crown
Set in the 1940’s, tells the story of the last days of British occupation of India, depicting the trials faced by the families and their problems of dealing with and loving across the races. 14 episodes.
House of Cards
The original British mini-series, based on Michael Dobbs’ novel about a man who schemes and backstabs his way to the top until he is standing on a pile of broken promises, betrayals, and the bodies of those who oppose him. 4 episodes.
With her steadfast rule of always trusting her gut, Olivia Pope leads an expert team of crisis management consultants skilled at making even the most sordid, salacious political and personal scandals disappear. But as these self-proclaimed ‘gladiators in suits’ begin to reveal the cracks in their armor, will the masters of damage control be able to control the damage in their own personal lives? 3 seasons (so far).