More than 10 years ago, Kenneth Branagh was poised to play Matthew Shardlake for BBC. But he chose instead to star in Wallander. Since then, no news of an adaptation but you can read the celebrated book series.
Who is Matthew Shardlake?
Created by the Scottish-born writer C. J. Sansom, Matthew Shardlake is a hunchbacked lawyer-detective in the Tudor Court—during the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century.
In his adventures, he is assisted by Mark Poer and then Jack Barak. Shardlake works on commission initially from Thomas Cromwell, then from Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and Queen Catherine Parr.
Sansom has previously said that he plans to take the lawyer into the reign of Elizabeth I. We’ll see.