The Pillars of the Earth (2010): S01E02 – Master Builder


Introduction

The Pillars of the Earth is an eight-part 2010 TV miniseries, adapted from Ken Follett’s 1989 novel of the same name.

It debuted in the US on Starz and in Canada on The Movie Network/Movie Central on 23 July 2010. Its UK premiere was on Channel 4 in October 2010 at 9.00 pm.

It was followed by a sequel, World Without End, in 2012.

Outline

Tom, Ellen, and the children make their way to Kingsbridge Priory and encounter Tom’s abandoned baby taken in by the monks. A fire started by Jack destroys Kingsbridge church and its holy relic, giving Tom, his son Alfred, and stepson Jack the chance to settle down and build a new cathedral. Prior Philip learns the power of politics when he gets caught between Bishop Waleran and the Hamleighs’ machinations for Shiring Castle. Kingsbridge is rocked by Alfred’s accusation of Ellen being a witch, and a trial that Waleran personally oversees. William and his underling, Walter, ambush Aliena and Richard in a brutal attack at Shiring that leaves both siblings scarred. Williams forces himself on Aliena and, as Williams rips off her dress, rapes her. Aliena makes a life-long promise to her father, Earl Bartholomew to regain the family honour, and Ellen makes a daring escape.

The Pillars of the Earth Series

You can find a full index and overview of The Pillars of the Earth here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 23 July 2010.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes (without adverts), 60 minutes (with adverts), and 428 minutes (total running time).
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: Canada, Germany, and Hungary.
  • Language: English.

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