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The Pillars of the Earth 

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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:
Ian McShane ...  Waleran Bigod 8 episodes, 2010
Matthew Macfadyen ...  Philip 8 episodes, 2010
Eddie Redmayne ...  Jack 8 episodes, 2010
Hayley Atwell ...  Aliena 8 episodes, 2010
Sarah Parish ...  Regan Hamleigh 8 episodes, 2010
Natalia Wörner ...  Ellen 8 episodes, 2010
Anatole Taubman ...  Remigius 8 episodes, 2010
John Pielmeier John Pielmeier ...  Cuthbert 8 episodes, 2010
Robert Bathurst ...  Percy Hamleigh 8 episodes, 2010
Clive Wood Clive Wood ...  King Henry I 8 episodes, 2010
Sam Claflin ...  Richard 8 episodes, 2010
Liam Garrigan ...  Alfred 8 episodes, 2010
David Oakes ...  William Hamleigh 8 episodes, 2010
Tony Curran ...  Stephen 8 episodes, 2010
Donald Sutherland ...  Bartholomew 8 episodes, 2010
Alison Pill ...  Maud 8 episodes, 2010
Gordon Pinsent ...  Archbishop 8 episodes, 2010
László Áron László Áron ...  Architect 8 episodes, 2010
Féodor Atkine ...  Abbot Suger 8 episodes, 2010
Kelly Banlaki Kelly Banlaki ...  Princess 8 episodes, 2010
Virág Bárány Virág Bárány ...  Young Woman Whore 8 episodes, 2010
David Bark-Jones David Bark-Jones ...  Francis 8 episodes, 2010
Tamás Baross Tamás Baross ...  Gabriel 8 episodes, 2010
Oliver Bauer Oliver Bauer ...  Medieval Child 8 episodes, 2010
Skye Bennett ...  Martha - young 8 episodes, 2010
Freddie Boath ...  Henry - 15 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Douglas Booth ...  Eustace - 15 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Ottilia Borbáth Ottilia Borbáth ...  Townfolk #3 8 episodes, 2010
Jonathan Coy ...  Father Ralph 8 episodes, 2010
Scott Curtis Scott Curtis ...  Peasant 8 episodes, 2010
Antal Czapkó Antal Czapkó ...  General 8 episodes, 2010
Brooke Dean Brooke Dean ...  Maud - 6 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Matt Devere Matt Devere ...  Gloucester 8 episodes, 2010
Kate Dickie ...  Agnes 8 episodes, 2010
Lara Dzikowski Lara Dzikowski ...  Townfolk #5 8 episodes, 2010
Gabi Fon Gabi Fon ...  Townfolk #1 8 episodes, 2010
Stu Gamble ...  Lad 8 episodes, 2010
Kevin Griffiths ...  Lord #1 8 episodes, 2010
David Haderer David Haderer ...  Robin Goodfellow 8 episodes, 2010
Jody Halse Jody Halse ...  Johnny Eightpence 8 episodes, 2010
Máté Haumann ...  Messenger #3 8 episodes, 2010
Jeremy Haward-Grau Jeremy Haward-Grau ...  Little Henry 8 episodes, 2010
Emily Holt Emily Holt ...  Martha - older 8 episodes, 2010
Péter Horkay Péter Horkay ...  Steward 8 episodes, 2010
Ákos Horváth Ákos Horváth ...  Simon Goodfellow 8 episodes, 2010
Barna Illyés Barna Illyés ...  Labourer 8 episodes, 2010
Csaba Jakab Csaba Jakab ...  French Mason 8 episodes, 2010
Sidney Johnston ...  Jonathan - 4-5 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Mike Kelly Mike Kelly ...  Messenger #2 8 episodes, 2010
Péter Kertész Péter Kertész ...  Stephen's Physician 8 episodes, 2010
Bernadett Kis Bernadett Kis ...  Midwife 8 episodes, 2010
László Konter László Konter ...  Bishop 8 episodes, 2010
Alexis Latham Alexis Latham ...  One-armed Wool Man 8 episodes, 2010
Antal Leisen Antal Leisen ...  Townfolk #4 8 episodes, 2010
Peter Linka ...  Townsman 8 episodes, 2010
Skye Lourie ...  Elizabeth 8 episodes, 2010
Pál Makrai Pál Makrai ...  French Master Builder 8 episodes, 2010
Michael Mehlmann ...  Prior James 8 episodes, 2010
George Mendel George Mendel ...  Lord #2 8 episodes, 2010
Lisa Millett ...  Kate 8 episodes, 2010
Piroska Molnár ...  Grandmama 8 episodes, 2010
Ben O'Brien Ben O'Brien ...  Winchester Clerk 8 episodes, 2010
Kende Orbán Kende Orbán ...  Eustace - 4-5 years old / ... 8 episodes, 2010
Miklos Pavel Miklos Pavel ...  Sentry Edgar 8 episodes, 2010
Mark C. Phelan Mark C. Phelan ...  Otto 8 episodes, 2010
Tibor Pintér Tibor Pintér ...  Shareburg 8 episodes, 2010
John Rado John Rado ...  Sentry 8 episodes, 2010
Kevin Rees Kevin Rees ...  Jonathan - 30 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Barnabás Réti ...  Brother Paul 8 episodes, 2010
Richard Rifkin Richard Rifkin ...  Matthew 8 episodes, 2010
András Sándor András Sándor ...  Page 8 episodes, 2010
Nicolas Sipek Nicolas Sipek ...  Stephen's Fake Son - 4 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Tibor Süle Tibor Süle ...  Antoine 8 episodes, 2010
Margaréta Szabó ...  Young Woman 8 episodes, 2010
Tatiana Turner ...  Gabriel's Mother 8 episodes, 2010
Sándor Téri ...  Physician 8 episodes, 2010
Dorian Thomas Dorian Thomas ...  Teenage Boy 8 episodes, 2010
Geoffrey Thomas Geoffrey Thomas ...  Earl of Weymouth 8 episodes, 2010
Zoltan Toth Zoltan Toth ...  Prince 8 episodes, 2010
Zsófi Trecskó Zsófi Trecskó ...  French Peasant Woman 8 episodes, 2010
Tamás Varga Tamás Varga ...  Townfolk #2 8 episodes, 2010
András Várkonyi András Várkonyi ...  Captain 8 episodes, 2010
Zsolt Zágoni Zsolt Zágoni ...  Shiring Messenger #1 8 episodes, 2010
Marcell Závodi Marcell Závodi ...  Tommy - 9 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Bianca Bauer Bianca Bauer ...  Medieval Child 8 episodes, 2010
Rufus Sewell ...  Tom Builder 7 episodes, 2010
Götz Otto ...  Walter 7 episodes, 2010
Ken Follett 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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English

Release Date:

23 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los pilares de la Tierra See more »

Filming Locations:

Tata, Hungary See more »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Many tourists visit Kingsbridge in the English county of Devon to visit it's world famous cathedral. However, the Kingsbridge of the novel on which this series is based is entirely fictional and has nothing whatsoever to do with the real Kingsbridge in Devon, much to the disappointment of people who find they have travelled to see a cathedral that has never existed! See more »

Goofs

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 The Wright Stuff: Episode #14.55 (2010) See more »

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Pillories of the Earth
9 August 2010 | by janarrah1See all my reviews

I'll admit that I almost gave up on this series after the first episode. So many plots shown briefly and so many characters! But I had just taken a course on the period so I battled through it. Luckily, they've been doing many repeated showings of the episodes, so I watched the first episode a second time and the series has won me over.

Now if you've read the book, of course, you're going to be a little disappointed. You've spent many hours with these characters and formed your own images and opinions about who they are and what they look like. The author had the luxury to spend as much time on each one and each scene to craft all the details. The series has only 8 hours so many details and subplots will have to be altered just a bit. And many of the reviewers who have been devoted lovers of the book have complained either that it would be impossible to catch every detail or that the series creators left out so-and-so detail but the fact is that you can't satisfy the nit-pickers. After watching the first 4 episodes, I've become entranced by the characters and the epic. Sure you have to invest some effort into figuring things out at the start. Sure some of the historical inaccuracies when it comes to the portrayal of printed books centuries before they could have existed are a bit jarring. But the important facts are that these are small trade-offs when you consider the big picture. They only make me more intrigued about how anyone could become learned in a time when printed information was difficult to come by.

The acting is uniformly fine and I've come to like the good guys and feel my skin crawl when the evil ones make appearances. I really do hope that they do a second series and I'll be at the edge of my seat for the final 4 episodes of this one. It's been ages since an historical mini-series has succeeded as well as this. Let's appreciate it and hope that it lights the spark for many more to come. It's not sitcom pablum and big ideas deserve to be thought about deeply. Put in the effort and this series rewards.


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