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.
It is the annual spring festival in Kingsbridge and many people have travelled to the area to trade. Elfric and Caris are married, and Caris tries to be an obedient wife, but does not love her husband. When she tries to get work for Merthin, she is beaten by Elfric. Merthin intervenes and both are thrown out of the house. Gwenda the Saxon is sold by her father to a local farmer in exchange for a cow. Sir Roland is about to be married, and Ralph, now his squire, gains the attention of several women. During the festival, Caris is horrified when her friend Mattie Wise is accused of witchcraft and sentenced to be executed. More tragedy ensues when the bridge to Kingsbridge collapses, and Petronilla seizes an opportunity to advance her son Godwyn’s career. In London, King Edward III seizes control from his mother, Queen Isabella.
World Without End Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 11 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.