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.
Ten years later, in 1156, Richard returns from crusade seeking again his title, which is finally granted to him by Eustace. With the support of Elizabeth and Aliena, he is able to reclaim Shiring Castle after a duel with Walter. Meanwhile, Jack’s fixation with the cathedral and the appearance of cracks in its roof leads to tension with Aliena. Waleran’s continued scheming leads to the death of Alfred and the arrest of Jack by the newly appointed Sheriff, William. Stephen’s hopes are shattered with the death of his son in battle. At Jack’s trial, Ellen produces Shareburg’s letter, and Martha produces his ring, as evidence of Waleran’s complicity in the murder of Prince William on the White Ship. In the chaos of the trial, both William and Waleran die, and Jack and Aliena finally marry. Fourteen years later, in 1170, the cathedral and its glass windows are finally finished.
The Pillars of the Earth Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 27 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.