The Pillars of the Earth (2010)

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Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.

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Series cast summary:
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 Waleran Bigod (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Philip (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Jack (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Aliena (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Regan Hamleigh (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Ellen (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Remigius (9 episodes, 2010)
John Pielmeier ...
 Cuthbert (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Percy Hamleigh (9 episodes, 2010)
Clive Wood ...
 King Henry I (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Richard (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Alfred (9 episodes, 2010)
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 William Hamleigh (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Stephen (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Bartholomew (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Maud (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Archbishop (9 episodes, 2010)
László Áron ...
 Architect (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Abbot Suger (8 episodes, 2010)
Kelly Endresz-Banlaki ...
 Princess (8 episodes, 2010)
Virág Bárány ...
 Young Woman Whore (8 episodes, 2010)
David Bark-Jones ...
 Francis (8 episodes, 2010)
Tamás Baross ...
 Gabriel (8 episodes, 2010)
Oliver Bauer ...
 Medieval Child (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Martha - young (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Henry - 15 years old (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Eustace - 15 years old (8 episodes, 2010)
Ottilia Borbáth ...
 Townfolk #3 (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Father Ralph (8 episodes, 2010)
Scott Curtis ...
 Peasant (8 episodes, 2010)
Antal Czapkó ...
 General (8 episodes, 2010)
Brooke Dean ...
 Maud - 6 years old (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Gloucester (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Agnes (8 episodes, 2010)
Lara Dzikowski ...
 Townfolk #5 (8 episodes, 2010)
Gabriella Fon ...
 Townfolk #1 (8 episodes, 2010)
Stu Gamble ...
 Lad (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Lord #1 (8 episodes, 2010)
David Haderer ...
 Robin Goodfellow (8 episodes, 2010)
Jody Halse ...
 Johnny Eightpence (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Messenger #3 (8 episodes, 2010)
Jeremy Haward-Grau ...
 Little Henry (8 episodes, 2010)
Emily Holt ...
 Martha - older (8 episodes, 2010)
Péter Horkay ...
 Steward (8 episodes, 2010)
Ákos Horváth ...
 Simon Goodfellow (8 episodes, 2010)
Barna Illyés ...
 Labourer (8 episodes, 2010)
Csaba Jakab ...
 French Mason (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Jonathan - 4-5 years old (8 episodes, 2010)
Mike Kelly ...
 Messenger #2 (8 episodes, 2010)
Péter Kertész ...
 Stephen's Physician (8 episodes, 2010)
Bernadett Kis ...
 Midwife (8 episodes, 2010)
László Konter ...
 Bishop (8 episodes, 2010)
Alexis Latham ...
 One-armed Wool Man (8 episodes, 2010)
Antal Leisen ...
 Townfolk #4 (8 episodes, 2010)
Peter Linka ...
 Townsman (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Elizabeth (8 episodes, 2010)
Pál Makrai ...
 French Master Builder (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Prior James (8 episodes, 2010)
George Mendel ...
 Lord #2 (8 episodes, 2010)
Lisa Millett ...
 Kate (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Grandmama (8 episodes, 2010)
Ben O'Brien ...
 Winchester Clerk (8 episodes, 2010)
Kende Orbán ...
 Eustace - 4-5 years old / ... (8 episodes, 2010)
Miklos Pavel ...
 Sentry Edgar (8 episodes, 2010)
Mark Phelan ...
 Otto (8 episodes, 2010)
Tibor Pintér ...
 Shareburg (8 episodes, 2010)
John Rado ...
 Sentry (8 episodes, 2010)
Kevin Rees ...
 Jonathan - 30 years old (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Brother Paul (8 episodes, 2010)
Richard Rifkin ...
 Matthew (8 episodes, 2010)
András Sándor ...
 Page (8 episodes, 2010)
Nicolas Sipek ...
 Stephen's Fake Son - 4 years old (8 episodes, 2010)
Tibor Süle ...
 Antoine (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Young Woman (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Gabriel's Mother (8 episodes, 2010)
Sándor Téri ...
 Physician (8 episodes, 2010)
Dorian Thomas ...
 Teenage Boy (8 episodes, 2010)
Geoffrey Thomas ...
 Earl of Weymouth (8 episodes, 2010)
Zoltan Toth ...
 Prince (8 episodes, 2010)
Zsófi Trecskó ...
 French Peasant Woman (8 episodes, 2010)
Tamás Varga ...
 Townfolk #2 (8 episodes, 2010)
András Várkonyi ...
 Captain (8 episodes, 2010)
Zsolt Zágoni ...
 Shiring Messenger #1 (8 episodes, 2010)
Marcell Závodi ...
 Tommy - 9 years old (8 episodes, 2010)
Bianca Bauer ...
 Medieval Child (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Tom Builder (7 episodes, 2010)
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 Walter (7 episodes, 2010)
Ken Follett ...
 Merchant (3 episodes, 2010)
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The Pillars of the Earth is set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. In that time, there rises a magnificent Cathedral in Kingsbridge. Against the backdrop, love-stories entwine: Tom, the master builder, Aliena, the noblewoman, the sadistic Lord William, Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge, Jack, the artist in stone work and Ellen, the woman from the forest who casts a curse. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age. Follett masterfully weaves these stories through political turmoil of 12th century England, creating a relevant and viable world for today's audience and for generations to come. Written by Anonymous

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$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Donald Sutherland and Rufus Sewell have both played Norse king Fortinbras, in Hamlet at Elsinore (1964) and Hamlet (1996), respectively. See more »

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Throughout the series, Stephen and Matilda are both referred to as "Majesty". English kings and queens did not use the title "Majesty" until the middle of the 16th century, nearly 400 years after the setting of this series See more »

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Featured in 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys (2011) See more »

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So far, so good.
23 July 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I've only seen two episodes, so this is a somewhat uninformed review. Oh, and I haven't read the book, which probably helps to enjoy the show as it's own creation.

It's important to note that Ridley Scott is a producer and his most recent film Robin Hood, shares quite a resemblance to the general story and setting of Pillars. (Side note; the opening credits are exactly the same). If you've seen Robin Hood, then you get the Monarchical, religious complications as well as the bleak, foggy, dark blue world backdrop of old England.

I was expecting a more fantastical, mythical world, but this series is pretty grounded in reality so far.

The show's greatest strength is the actors. You can't go wrong with Donald Sutherland and Rufus Sewell in a TV series. And Ian McShane is always great, especially when he's playing a dark character.

Might not blow you away, but unless the show takes a nosedive, it's definitely worth watching.


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