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)
Sidney Johnston ...
 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 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)
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 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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Trivia

Sam Claflin and Ian McShane would later work together on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. See more »

Goofs

Rectangular quadripartite rib vaults, the type of the Gothic vaults used in the cathedral's nave, appeared in the second half of the 13th century (about a century later than shown in the series). See more »

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

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Oh quite good!
27 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very good, it is always difficult to find 'drama' that is quality and not overdone, over-the-top or tired. The acting in this is excellent all around and it is definitely worth watching; at least from the two episodes that I have seen thus far. Considering I haven't heard hardly a thing about this until I watched it I am very impressed.

The storyline seems to contain fairly valid historical accounts of the time if not the lives of individuals. Keeping in mind it is not as mystical as I would have thought from the title and even the previews I've now seen since I began to watch it - it has made up for that with a strong story and lovely backgrounds for visual appeal and 'time proper' settings. Can't wait for more.


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