What is Shardlake (TV) About?
Shardlake is a historical drama series available on Disney+, based on the acclaimed Shardlake series of novels by author C. J. Sansom. The narrative unfolds in the tumultuous period of the 16th century under the reign of King Henry VIII, specifically during the contentious era of the dissolution of the monasteries. The protagonist, Matthew Shardlake, portrayed by Arthur Hughes, is a determined and principled lawyer who is commissioned by Thomas Cromwell, played by Sean Bean, to investigate the mysterious death of a royal commissioner in the remote monastery of Scarnsea. Amidst the backdrop of political upheaval and religious reformation, Shardlake's mission quickly escalates as he finds himself entrenched in a labyrinth of lies and mortal danger. Facing deception at every turn, Shardlake's legal acumen is tested to its limits, all while navigating the choppy waters of ethical dilemmas and the violent undercurrents of Tudor politics. The series, adapted by Stephen Butchard and directed by Justin Chadwick, is brought to life by a diverse cast including Anthony Boyle, Babou Ceesay, and Ruby Ashbourne Serkis, among others, who collectively portray vivid characters, from monks to nobles, each with their own secrets and agendas. 'Shardlake' offers viewers a suspenseful blend of historical authenticity and gripping mystery, delivering an intense portrayal of one man's pursuit of justice amidst the treachery of his times.
The first episode of Shardlake aired on May 01, 2024 and the most recent episode to air was on May 01, 2024.