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.
Many people are killed in the bridge collapse, including Gwenda’s father Joby, Prior Anthony, and Mattie Wise. Earl Roland, however, is saved by Ralph and successfully treated by Caris using the techniques Mattie had taught her. Caris tries to convince Mother Cecelia to build a hospital where the sick could be properly treated. Roland soon marries Lady Marjorie, but learns that she is not everything he had hoped for. With the prior’s death, Brother Godwyn makes his plans to become prior. His main opposition is Sir Thomas Langley, whom he manages to convince not to run. Merthin wins the contract to build the new bridge. The King sees a sign that makes him believe that he is not just the King of England, but also the lawful King of France.
World Without End Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 18 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.