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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:
...  Waleran Bigod 8 episodes, 2010
...  Philip 8 episodes, 2010
...  Jack 8 episodes, 2010
...  Aliena 8 episodes, 2010
...  Regan Hamleigh 8 episodes, 2010
...  Ellen 8 episodes, 2010
...  Remigius 8 episodes, 2010
John Pielmeier ...  Cuthbert 8 episodes, 2010
...  Percy Hamleigh 8 episodes, 2010
Clive Wood ...  King Henry I 8 episodes, 2010
...  Richard 8 episodes, 2010
...  Alfred 8 episodes, 2010
...  William Hamleigh 8 episodes, 2010
...  Stephen 8 episodes, 2010
...  Bartholomew 8 episodes, 2010
...  Maud 8 episodes, 2010
...  Archbishop 8 episodes, 2010
László Áron ...  Architect 8 episodes, 2010
...  Abbot Suger 8 episodes, 2010
Kelly 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
...  Martha - young 8 episodes, 2010
...  Henry - 15 years old 8 episodes, 2010
...  Eustace - 15 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Ottilia Borbáth ...  Townfolk #3 8 episodes, 2010
...  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
Matt Devere ...  Gloucester 8 episodes, 2010
...  Agnes 8 episodes, 2010
Lara Dzikowski ...  Townfolk #5 8 episodes, 2010
Gabi Fon ...  Townfolk #1 8 episodes, 2010
Stu Gamble ...  Lad 8 episodes, 2010
...  Lord #1 8 episodes, 2010
David Haderer ...  Robin Goodfellow 8 episodes, 2010
Jody Halse ...  Johnny Eightpence 8 episodes, 2010
...  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
...  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
...  Townsman 8 episodes, 2010
...  Elizabeth 8 episodes, 2010
Pál Makrai ...  French Master Builder 8 episodes, 2010
...  Prior James 8 episodes, 2010
George Mendel ...  Lord #2 8 episodes, 2010
...  Kate 8 episodes, 2010
...  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 C. 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
...  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
...  Young Woman 8 episodes, 2010
...  Gabriel's Mother 8 episodes, 2010
...  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
...  Tom Builder 7 episodes, 2010
...  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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Sam Claflin and Donald Sutherland would later work together in the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013). 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: Eat Pray Love (2010) See more »

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An epic masterpiece that should be a classic.
31 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

Now I did not have the good fortune of reading Ken Follet's book, but when I saw the promos and previews for this, I know I wanted to watch it. The characters are so well done, every one of them has a story element to bring to play and not one of them is poorly written. Everything that happened, and the way it happened, made it believe that it really happened. There was not a single dull moment in the entire miniseries. I never knew that building a church could be the basis for such a gripping storyline riddled with events that never stopped entertaining me. It has a little bit for everyone. For those who enjoy romance, there are several love triangles and paradoxes, for those who enjoy action, there are plenty of bloody sword-wielding fight scenes, there are laughs, there are cries, its not just a miniseries, but an experience; a life. Its absolutely wonderful and I will hope to see it amongst television classics someday.


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