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)
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 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)
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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This is Donald Sutherland's second appearance in a Ken Follett adaptation. He previously appeared in Eye of the Needle (1981). 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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Referenced in Richard Roeper & the Movies: Salt (2010) See more »

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Better than anyone could have hoped for.
28 July 2010 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite books of all time turned into a TV series that shows up out of no where. I was expecting something truly disappointing. After watching the first two episodes I can honestly say this is beyond my highest expectations. The plot development is different from the book, but the emotional impact of the story is fully present. The character development draws you in just like the book did. Your desire to know what happens next will surpass that of reading the book. It is such a wonderful thing to see an adaptation that captures it's source so fully and even surpasses it at times. I can't wait for the remaining episodes. This show will win many awards. Addendum after Episode #3: Things dipped a bit in this episode. If I was rating this show using the 10 stars that IMDb uses, I would have gone from 9 previously to 7 now. There were some overly cheesy moments in this episode that seemed to dilute the storytelling skill from the first two episodes. Hopefully this is a rare occurrence.


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