Adapted from author Giles Blunt's award-winning "John Cardinal Mysteries" series, Cardinal is a six-episode dramatic thriller that follows Detective John Cardinal on a chilling hunt for a brutal killer in a small Northern Ontario town.

Demoted for a hunch about a case that he wouldn't let go, Cardinal is brought back to the Homicide Unit when the body of missing 13-year-old Katie Pine is discovered, proving his instincts correct. Back on the case, his search for her murderer soon becomes an all-consuming race to stay ahead of a serial killer.

Meanwhile, Cardinal must manage his own precarious family issues and secrets, and keep a watchful eye on his new partner, Detective Lise Delorme, who he believes may have her own secret agenda.

Cardinal - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2017-01-25

Cardinal - Thomas Wolsey - Netflix

Thomas Wolsey (c. March 1473 – 29 November 1530; sometimes spelled Woolsey or Wulcy) was an English churchman, statesman and a cardinal of the Catholic Church. When Henry VIII became King of England in 1509, Wolsey became the King's almoner. Wolsey's affairs prospered, and by 1514 he had become the controlling figure in virtually all matters of state and extremely powerful within the Church, as Archbishop of York, a cleric in England junior only to the Archbishop of Canterbury. His appointment in 1515 as a cardinal by Pope Leo X gave him precedence over all other English clerics. The highest political position Wolsey attained was Lord Chancellor, the King's chief adviser (formally, as his successor and disciple Thomas Cromwell was not). In that position, he enjoyed great freedom and was often depicted as an alter rex (other king). After failing to negotiate an annulment of Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Wolsey fell out of favour and was stripped of his government titles. He retreated to York to fulfill his ecclesiastical duties as Archbishop of York, a position he nominally held, but had neglected during his years in government. He was recalled to London to answer to charges of treason—a common charge used by Henry against ministers who fell out of favour—but died on the way from natural causes.

Cardinal - Fictional portrayals - Netflix

Wolsey plays a major role in the early stages of the Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George. Wolsey is the primary antagonist of William Shakespeare's Henry VIII, which depicts him as an arrogant power-grabber. Henry Irving, Walter Hampden and John Gielgud were well known for their stage performances of the role, and Timothy West played him in the 1979 BBC Television Shakespeare production of that play. Henry Irving's reading of Wolsey's Farewell survives on a rare wax cylinder recording. Wolsey is a minor but important character in Robert Bolt's play A Man for All Seasons; he was played in the two film versions of the play by Orson Welles (1966) and John Gielgud (1988), respectively. Wolsey was portrayed somewhat more sympathetically in the film Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)—a performance that earned Anthony Quayle an Academy Award nomination. Wolsey was played by John Baskcomb in The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970) and by John Bryans when this series was made into the film Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972). David Suchet plays him in Henry VIII with Ray Winstone. Terry Scott portrayed a rather comical Wolsey in Carry On Henry (1970). William Griffis played Wolsey in the Broadway musical Rex, which starred Nicol Williamson as King Henry. (1976) In the Showtime series The Tudors (2007), he is portrayed by Sam Neill. The cable TV production interprets his death as suicide by cutthroat, covered up by the King and his chief minister Thomas Cromwell out of residual affection for him. He is one of the main characters in Hilary Mantel's novel Wolf Hall (2009), played by Paul Jesson in the RSC production and by Jonathan Pryce in the television serial. He is portrayed through Thomas Cromwell's eyes as a mentor and a loyal, if ruthless, statesman. A desire to revenge Wolsey's downfall and ignominious death fuel many of Cromwell's actions through the latter half of Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, which was incorporated into the stage and television adaptations. In the TVE series Carlos, rey emperador (2015), he is portrayed by Blai Llopis. Wolsey appears in The White Princess, STARZ, Season 1, Episode 8 (2017) played by Mark Edel-Hunt.

Cardinal - References - Netflix