This October in the UK the showing of Ken Follet’s Mini series based on his book – Pillars of Earth will be shown. IMDB link here..
The miniseries took about a year to produce, at a cost of $40 million U.S. The project was funded by the German production company, Tandem Communications, with Muse Entertainment and Scott Free Productions. It was filmed in Austria and Hungary, from 2009. The final aerial shot is of modern day Salisbury with the cathedral altered by computer-generated imagery.
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 and most significantly the treachery of the Catholic Bishop Waleran. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age in places darkened with a thread of incest. 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.
Relatively close to the book and excellently adapted for TV – where changed it has improved or strengthened the plot.
The cast is excellent including Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Clive Wood and Donald Sutherland.
A Five star of 5 star rating….