Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.
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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)
László Áron ...
 Architect (9 episodes, 2010)
Clive Wood ...
 King Henry I / ... (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Abbot Suger (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Richard (9 episodes, 2010)
Kelly Banlaki ...
 Princess (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Alfred (9 episodes, 2010)
Virág Bárány ...
 Young Woman Whore (9 episodes, 2010)
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 William Hamleigh (9 episodes, 2010)
David Bark-Jones ...
 Francis (9 episodes, 2010)
Tamás Baross ...
 Gabriel (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Stephen (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Bartholomew (9 episodes, 2010)
Oliver Bauer ...
 Medieval Child (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Maud (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Martha - young (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Archbishop (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Henry - 15 years old (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Eustace - 15 years old (9 episodes, 2010)
Ottilia Borbáth ...
 Townfolk #3 (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Father Ralph (9 episodes, 2010)
Scott Curtis ...
 Peasant (9 episodes, 2010)
Antal Czapkó ...
 General (9 episodes, 2010)
Brooke Dean ...
 Maud - 6 years old (9 episodes, 2010)
Matt Devere ...
 Gloucester (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Agnes (9 episodes, 2010)
Lara Dzikowski ...
 Townfolk #5 (9 episodes, 2010)
Gabriella Fon ...
 Townfolk #1 (9 episodes, 2010)
Stu Gamble ...
 Lad (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Lord #1 (9 episodes, 2010)
David Haderer ...
 Robin Goodfellow (9 episodes, 2010)
Jody Halse ...
 Johnny Eightpence (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Messenger #3 (9 episodes, 2010)
Jeremy Haward-Grau ...
 Little Henry (9 episodes, 2010)
Emily Holt ...
 Martha - older (9 episodes, 2010)
Péter Horkay ...
 Steward (9 episodes, 2010)
Ákos Horváth ...
 Simon Goodfellow (9 episodes, 2010)
Barna Illyés ...
 Labourer (9 episodes, 2010)
Csaba Jakab ...
 French Mason (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Jonathan - 4-5 years old (9 episodes, 2010)
Mike Kelly ...
 Messenger #2 (9 episodes, 2010)
Péter Kertész ...
 Stephen's Physician (9 episodes, 2010)
Bernadett Kis ...
 Midwife (9 episodes, 2010)
László Konter ...
 Bishop (9 episodes, 2010)
Alexis Latham ...
 One-armed Wool Man (9 episodes, 2010)
Antal Leisen ...
 Townfolk #4 (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Townsman (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Elizabeth (9 episodes, 2010)
Pál Makrai ...
 French Master Builder (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Prior James (9 episodes, 2010)
George Mendel ...
 Lord #2 (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Kate (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Grandmama (9 episodes, 2010)
Ben O'Brien ...
 Winchester Clerk (9 episodes, 2010)
Kende Orbán ...
 Eustace - 4-5 years old / ... (9 episodes, 2010)
Miklos Pavel ...
 Sentry Edgar (9 episodes, 2010)
Mark C. Phelan ...
 Otto (9 episodes, 2010)
Tibor Pintér ...
 Shareburg (9 episodes, 2010)
John Rado ...
 Sentry (9 episodes, 2010)
Kevin Rees ...
 Jonathan - 30 years old (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Brother Paul (9 episodes, 2010)
Richard Rifkin ...
 Matthew (9 episodes, 2010)
András Sándor ...
 Page (9 episodes, 2010)
Nicolas Sipek ...
 Stephen's Fake Son - 4 years old (9 episodes, 2010)
Tibor Süle ...
 Antoine (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Young Woman (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Gabriel's Mother (9 episodes, 2010)
Sándor Téri ...
 Physician (9 episodes, 2010)
Dorian Thomas ...
 Teenage Boy (9 episodes, 2010)
Geoffrey Thomas ...
 Earl of Weymouth (9 episodes, 2010)
Zsófi Trecskó ...
 French Peasant Woman (9 episodes, 2010)
Tamás Varga ...
 Townfolk #2 (9 episodes, 2010)
András Várkonyi ...
 Captain (9 episodes, 2010)
Zsolt Zágoni ...
 Shiring Messenger #1 (9 episodes, 2010)
Marcell Závodi ...
 Tommy - 9 years old (9 episodes, 2010)
Bianca Bauer ...
 Medieval Child (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Tom Builder (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Walter (8 episodes, 2010)
Zoltan Toth ...
 Prince (8 episodes, 2010)
Ken Follett ...
 Merchant (4 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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A rough-handed angel
7 January 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Set in England during medieval times, this is a fictional account of what happens after a dying king's proper heir dies in a shipwreck. There are many characters(including a family that seek to construct a grand cathedral, two siblings who lose their nobility and try to regain it, and several men of God with more or less pure intentions… and granted, not everyone is actually necessary) and a lot of plot, and it can be dizzying at first, but it is worth your attention(if you like what you see early on… it ain't gonna change). While I have not read the novel and can make no comparisons, I watched this with two people who love it and they both said that it wasn't the exact same and that they still enjoyed it a lot. This is gripping right off the bat, and it keeps to an intense pace throughout. There are many developments, and while it can at times come off as just going back and forth between the same couple of options, you tend to follow them with interest surpassing that of the best banks. The tension and suspense are great. This has good and well-delivered dialog, with many memorable lines(and razor-sharp points about what it was like back then). The exploration of the awful situations that people could be and were stuck in back then, on account of the system, religion and their lack of rights is excellent and chilling. This is realistic(a lot of the way), authentic and has an incredible richness of detail. The strong feminist behavior of the women in this would not have been tolerated as we see here. This has mostly credible psychology, including for the villains(if one or two are black and white in depiction). The acting, writing and direction are marvelous, and the music is as well. This has amazing production values. No one is sacred, anyone could die at any time in this. The twists and unexpected turns of events keep you guessing how it will end, and it is fairly satisfying. There are power struggles, deception, politics and manipulation aplenty. This does seem to think itself Shakespeare at times, using effects right out of Macbeth and Hamlet. There is dramatic license leading to things that couldn't happen… happening. This has some humor. There is some action, and it works well. You can tell this was executive produced by the Scott brothers. The atmosphere is fitting, this always builds the right mood. This can be called a soap opera to some extent, though I would classify it as one of the better ones. Redmayne is a Christian Bale wannabe once he starts talking(he does thankfully refrain from the pitiful Eastwood impersonation). There is a lot of disturbing content, a bit of blood and violence, sexuality, nudity and a little strong language(largely it isn't gratuitous). I recommend this to any fan of epics. 8/10


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