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World Without End 

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The English town of Kingsbridge works to survive as the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France while Europe deals with the outbreak of the Black Death.
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Series cast summary:
Ben Chaplin ...  Sir Thomas Langley 8 episodes, 2012
Charlotte Riley ...  Caris 8 episodes, 2012
Nora von Waldstätten ...  Gwenda 8 episodes, 2012
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ...  Ralph 8 episodes, 2012
Rupert Evans ...  Godwyn 8 episodes, 2012
Tom Weston-Jones ...  Merthin 8 episodes, 2012
Cynthia Nixon ...  Petranilla 8 episodes, 2012
Tom Cullen ...  Wulfric 8 episodes, 2012
Blake Ritson ...  Edward III 8 episodes, 2012
Sally Bankes ...  Madge Webber 8 episodes, 2012
Neil Bell ...  Sim Chapman 8 episodes, 2012
Alexandra Gallusz Alexandra Gallusz ...  Merchant 8 episodes, 2012
Diana Kent ...  Rose 8 episodes, 2012
Aure Atika ...  Queen Isabella 7 episodes, 2012
Tatiana Maslany ...  Sister Meir 7 episodes, 2012
Miranda Richardson ...  Mother Cecilia 6 episodes, 2012
Peter Firth ...  Earl Roland 6 episodes, 2012
Sarah Gadon ...  Philippa 6 episodes, 2012
Jason Langley Jason Langley ...  Matthias 6 episodes, 2012
Richard Durden ...  Sir Henry 5 episodes, 2012
Ian Pirie ...  Elfric 5 episodes, 2012
Sarah Beck Mather ...  Annet 5 episodes, 2012
Carlo Rota ...  Edmund 4 episodes, 2012
Kostja Ullmann ...  Holger 4 episodes, 2012
David Bradley ...  Brother Joseph 4 episodes, 2012
Caroline Boulton ...  Sister Elisabeth 4 episodes, 2012
Iván Fenyö ...  Alan Fernhill 4 episodes, 2012
Jude Wright ...  Sam (child) 4 episodes, 2012
Oliver Maltman ...  Bishop Richard 3 episodes, 2012
Megan Follows ...  Maud 3 episodes, 2012
André Hennicke ...  Joby 3 episodes, 2012
Attila C. Arpa ...  General Lecoursy 3 episodes, 2012
John Owens ...  Blind Carlus 3 episodes, 2012
Daniel Ainsleigh Daniel Ainsleigh ...  William 3 episodes, 2012
Duncan Bell Duncan Bell ...  Saul Whitehead 3 episodes, 2012
Romy Caton-Jones Romy Caton-Jones ...  Young Joan 3 episodes, 2012
Oliver Doherty Oliver Doherty ...  David 3 episodes, 2012
Alex Palmer ...  Nate Reeve 3 episodes, 2012
John Rado ...  Friar Murdo 3 episodes, 2012
Danny Scheinmann ...  Jeremiah 3 episodes, 2012
Scott Alexander Young ...  John Constable 3 episodes, 2012
Indira Varma ...  Mattie Wise 2 episodes, 2012
Kevin Moore ...  Prior Anthony 2 episodes, 2012
Andrew Bicknell ...  Gerald 2 episodes, 2012
Max Jacob Brownas Max Jacob Brownas ...  Luke Webber 2 episodes, 2012
Dan Cade ...  Handsome Jim 2 episodes, 2012
Hera Hilmar ...  Margery 2 episodes, 2012
Mike Kelly ...  Merchant John 2 episodes, 2012
Antal Konrád Antal Konrád ...  Wulfric's Da 2 episodes, 2012
Peter Linka ...  Perking 2 episodes, 2012
Laura Lock Laura Lock ...  Odila 2 episodes, 2012
Victor McGuire ...  Mark Webber 2 episodes, 2012
Gyula Mesterházy ...  Guard / ... 2 episodes, 2012
Stewart Scudamore ...  Bonaventura Carolli 2 episodes, 2012
Grant Stimpson Grant Stimpson ...  Gregory Longfellow 2 episodes, 2012
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The English town of Kingsbridge works to survive as the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France while Europe deals with the outbreak of the Black Death.

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In the novel, Merthin and Ralph FitzGerald's father was not Earl of Shiring. Sir Gerald was an ambitious but impoverished minor nobleman. Sir Roland did not gain the Earldom at Sir Gerald's expense but was Earl from the start of the book. See more »

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A disappointment
5 December 2017 | by Freedom060286See all my reviews

This series was disappointing for me. I saw Pillars of the Earth which was very good and so I was expecting something better.

I didn't give this series a one-star rating because the costumes were very well-made and some of the cast like Miranda Richardson, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Nora von Waldstätten performed very well.

But there were too many rape scenes, and I didn't like the incest. Is it really necessary to show incest in so many TV series? The anti-Catholic theme (lesbian nuns, gay monks, evil prior, executing healers, old priest draining blood) was over-the-top. In reality, most at that time in history were very religious and their behaviour was influenced by the fear of eternal hell-fire.

People were unrealistically naive and too easily fooled by Godwyn and his mother as they kept on murdering people, episode after episode.

I was disappointed in the then age 14 Edward III being cast as an age 33 actor in the first episode. Later we do not see his beautiful wife, and first-born son, just his third child Joan. The old queen mother had no power after 1330, yet we see her and Joan trying to manipulate Edward into going to war with France.

Edward III is cast as an indecisive, wimpish, dark-haired little man, but was in fact very confident, tall, broad-shouldered and fair-haired (a typical Plantagenet in appearance). Edward III has been one of my favourite people in history since I first read about him as child, so I was unhappy to see him portrayed this way.

Was that battle in France supposed to be the Battle of Crécy? It happened nothing like what is shown! In fact, the French in far superior numbers attacked with crossbowmen and mounted knights, and were slaughtered by the longbows. Where is Edward's son the Black Prince? He was just a 16-year-old at Crécy, yet did very well in the midst of the heaviest fighting.

There is plenty of interesting drama in real history during that time period, like the story of how Edward took Calais. But of course the producers decided to ignore that.


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