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.
Philip is rescued by his brother Francis, and finds Jack “risen from the dead”. Waleran and Regan manipulate the prisoner exchange so that they remain on the winning side of the war, and Waleran helps Gloucester by suggesting a replacement for the king’s son, Eustace. The Hamleighs and Philip are offered terms by Maud to Shiring’s estate and resources, but at a steep price. Tom wants Jack and Alfred to be friends, but Alfred’s jealousy over Jack and inheriting his father’s tools is too intense, and he smashes all of Jack’s gargoyles. To resolve the tension, Jack is offered an assistant and overseer position by Philip, on the condition that he takes the vows of a monk – he accepts the deal against Ellen’s wishes. Meanwhile, William is encouraged by Waleran to attack Kingsbridge and stop the fleece fair. In the ensuing chaos and inferno, Aliena is burnt and Tom is murdered by William.
The Pillars of the Earth Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 13 August 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.