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.
Caris, Merthin, Brother Matthias, and Brother Thomas set out to find Brother Godwyn to reclaim the priory’s treasure. When they find him, he has been driven half mad watching his fellow monks die around him. The King sends his beloved daughter to be married in Spain, but is heartbroken to learn that she has also died from the plague. The Queen returns from exile to mourn her granddaughter. Caris offers any peasant a fair wage if they will farm the fallow land around the priory. Gwenda is bound to the lord of Shiring, but decides to flee in order to take up Caris’s offer. Sir Ralph learns the truth about his birth and comes down hard when some of his peasants stage a revolt. Petranilla continues scheming to advance her family.
World Without End Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 16 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.