The Pillars of the Earth is an eight part 2010 TV miniseries, adapted from Ken Follett‘s novel of the same name. Like the novel on which it is based, the miniseries centers on the construction of a cathedral in the fictitious town of Kingsbridge during a tumultuous period of English history known as “The Anarchy” in the 12th century. This epic tale of passion and greed begins when a mysterious secret disrupts the succession to the English crown and an unlikely member of King Henry’s family takes the throne.
The Pillars of the Earth Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan and starring Rufus Sewell, Donald Sutherland, Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen and Eddie Redmayne
Behind the Scenes:
Donald Sutherland joins writer Ken Follett and Executive Producer Ridley Scott to talk about transforming best-selling book, ‘The Pillars Of The Earth,’ into a mini-series.
The Pillars of the Earth is set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. In that time, there rises a magnificent Cathedral in Kingsbridge. Against the backdrop, love-stories entwine: Tom, the master builder, Aliena, the noblewoman, the sadistic Lord William, Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge, Jack, the artist in stone work and Ellen, the woman from the forest who casts a curse. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age. Follett masterfully weaves these stories through political turmoil of 12th century England, creating a relevant and viable world for today’s audience and for generations to come.
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