• Shardlake: Sovereign

  • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramas
  • By: C J Sansom
  • Narrated by: Bryan Dick, Justin Salinger
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Radio/TV Programme
  • Release date: 03-11-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (39 ratings)


An atmospheric BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation based on C. J. Sansom's best-selling Tudor crime novel featuring hunchback lawyer detective Matthew Shardlake.
Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Royal Progress to York, aiming to strike fear and awe into his rebellious northern subjects. Shardlake and his assistant, Barak, arrive in the city a day ahead of the 3,000-strong procession. Officially there to prepare petitions for the King, they have also been tasked with a secret mission by Archbishop Cranmer: to ensure the welfare of one of the Northern conspirators, Sir Edward Broderick, who is to be brought back to London for questioning in the Tower.
Tensions are running high in the city, and soon Shardlake is called to investigate a suspicious death - and stumbles upon a daring plot that has the potential to shake England to its core.
C. J. Sansom's Shardlake series has sold over two million copies, and this atmospheric dramatisation starring BAFTA-winning actor Jason Watkins (The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries) brings his début novel to electrifying life.
Fast-paced and suspenseful, it is both an engrossing murder mystery and a brilliantly realised portrayal of Tudor England.
Duration: two hours 30 mins approx.
©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd.
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4 out of 5 stars
By AliMcC on 31-01-18

A faithful adaptation of the novel.

Another high quality dramatisation of the Shardlake novels. Not sure if people who have not read the book would follow.

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5 out of 5 stars
By edward bache on 04-10-17

loved book

I have read all the series and will now listen to all . Top class

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