World Without End is an eight-episode 2012 television miniseries based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Ken Follett.
It is a sequel to the 2010 miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, also based on a Follett novel.
World Without End is set 150 years after The Pillars of the Earth and chronicles the experiences of the English town of Kingsbridge during the start of the Hundred Years’ War and the outbreak of the Black Death.
The cast is led by Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin, Peter Firth, Charlotte Riley, and Tom Weston-Jones. The miniseries varies significantly from the novel in both the plot and characterizations.
King Edward II has been defeated in battle by his wife Queen Isabella. She orders the arrest of her husband and crowns their son, who becomes Edward III. With the Queen’s authority, Sir Roland returns to Kingsbridge as the new Earl of Shiring, arresting the previous incumbent for treason. Roland agrees to spare the lives of his two sons, with Ralph becoming his squire while Merthin is apprenticed to Elfric Builder. He also arrests Edmund Wooler, but the condemned man’s daughter, Caris, and his sister, Petranilla, buy his freedom. Caris takes an interest in medicine and learns from Mattie Wise, the barber’s daughter. A wounded knight, Sir Thomas Langley, makes his way to Kingsbridge priory in the hope of becoming a monk, but he carries a great secret that could spell the end for Kingsbridge.
World Without End Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 04 September 2012.
- 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.