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Construction of the new church at Kingsbridge Priory is underway. They have too few men and Prior Philip hopes the sale of this year's wool will give them the money they need to hire more ... See full summary »


Ken Follett (based on the book by), John Pielmeier (written for television by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McShane ... Waleran Bigod
Rufus Sewell ... Tom Builder
Matthew Macfadyen ... Philip
Eddie Redmayne ... Jack
Hayley Atwell ... Aliena
Sarah Parish ... Regan Hamleigh
Natalia Wörner ... Ellen
Anatole Taubman ... Remigius
John Pielmeier John Pielmeier ... Cuthbert
Robert Bathurst ... Percy Hamleigh
Clive Wood ... King Henry I
Sam Claflin ... Richard
Liam Garrigan ... Alfred
David Oakes ... William Hamleigh
Götz Otto ... Walter


Construction of the new church at Kingsbridge Priory is underway. They have too few men and Prior Philip hopes the sale of this year's wool will give them the money they need to hire more workers. When the time comes to quarry the stone William Hamleigh prevents Tom Builder from starting working leading to a major confrontation with the monks of the Priory. Meanwhile, Aliena and her brother Richard travel to Winchester to witness their father's execution and plead for mercy. King Stephen refuses but does offer Richard a place in his army. Aliena comes up with a scheme to make enough money to buy Richard the horse and armor he will need to be a Knight. King Stephen has also been having nightmares and a visit to Kingsbridge Priory to view the progress of the church construction pushes him over the edge. Written by garykmcd

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30 July 2010 (USA) See more »

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The castles here and throughout the series are large, sprawling stone structures with battlements, moats, drawbridges and portcullises. In fact, most of the real castles depicted (Winchester, Lincoln, etc.) would have been simple wooden motte-and-bailey structures at the time. Round stone towers were unknown in England during Stephen's reign. See more »


Richard: I won't ride into battle alongside William and his henchmen! I'll kill them first.
Aliena: It is easier to kill someone if you're standing beside them rather than against them.
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Main Titles - The Pillars Of The Earth
Performed by Trevor Morris
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Valuable epic tale!!
31 January 2018 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

One of my favorite kind of movies,epic tales,my brother gave me this DVD,once more l decided after one year of long waiting to watch this series beginining on third episode,even starting in the middle is to easy understand what is all about,it is a low budge without large proportions indeed but it don't owe nothing to productions alikes,Ian Macshane a reputable British actor is perfect to the role,he is black evil man from the church,in fact all the casting is quite good,great atmophere of old England in those terrible time of endless wars and poverty with the church making the main role in that bloody land!!


First watch: 2018 / How many: 1 / Source: DVD / Rating: 8

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