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.
After tragedy strikes, Merthin returns to Kingsbridge. He wants Caris to leave with him, but she knows that leaving the convent would give Godwyn the excuse he needs to have her executed. Sir Ralph also returns, now a knight, but he is not well received by his master, Sir Roland, the Earl of Shiring. He is also rejected by Phillippa, who sees him as a convicted rapist. Gwenda and Wulfric can barely make ends meet, but Ralph, as their new lord, refuses to help. The plague comes to the village and many die. Caris tends to the sick, but Prior Godwyn flees with the other monks; only Sir Thomas stays behind. The plague gives Petranilla an opportunity for revenge.
World Without End Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 09 October 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.