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.
Godwyn, newly elected prior, begins to use his power in order to inflict his strict views on Kingsbridge. As a prior, he decides he wants a house of his own, but Mother Cecilia decides to spend the funds on Caris’s proposed hospice instead. Godwyn, determined to do anything to get his way, plots to take the land from the nunnery, and has Merthin dismissed as the master bridge-builder. When he accuses Caris of witchcraft, Mother Cecelia can think of only one way to save her. Merthin confronts his brother Ralph when soldiers begin stealing wool from the Kingsbridge merchants. Ralph begins taking everything and anything he wants and soon finds himself in prison accused of a heinous crime. The King enters into war with France but it is taking longer than expected, and at the cost of many soldiers’ lives. To replenish his army, the King orders prisoners be conscripted – including Ralph.
World Without End Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 25 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.