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Timon -> The Pillars of the Earth / World Without End (15/4/2010 8:44:05 AM)

From Starz, the channel that gave us the quite frankly awesome Spartacus: Blood and Sand comes Pillars of the Earth - a historical miniseries set in 12th century England.

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.

The series is apparantly partly produced by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Pictures and stars Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland, Rufus Sewell, Matthew Macfadyen and the latest cast member of Captain America Hayley Atwell.

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The series is directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Heroes, Saving Grace, Into the West). Mimica-Gezzan worked as Steven Spielberg's first assistant director on Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List, sharing the DGA directorial awards for both films with Spielberg. The novel has been adapted by award-winning writer John Pielmeier (Emmy winner Hitler – The Rise of Evil and Emmy nominated The Memory Keeper's Daughter), who also plays the role of 'Cuthbert'.

The series is being produced by Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Tandem Communications (Ring of the Nibelungs, Impact, Lost City Raiders) and multi award-winning Muse Entertainment (Human Trafficking, Tales from the Neverending Story, Durham County) in association with Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Scott Free Films (CBS's series Numb3rs, Emmy nominated minis The Andromeda Strain and The Company).

The series assembles an impressive array of veteran producing talent, including Emmy-winner David Rosemont (Into the West, Door to Door); Sir Ridley Scott, whose films include Alien, Thelma & Louise, Gladiatior, Black Hawk Down and American Gangster), Tony Scott (Top Gun, Man on Fire, The Taking of Pelham 123), Rola Bauer (Ring of the Nibelungs), Michael Prupas (Human Trafficking), David Zucker (Numb3rs), Tim Halkin (Lost City Raiders) and Jonas BauerImpact), and Emmy nominated John Ryan (Hitler: The Rise of Evil, Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows). (
It starts in July and a behind the scenes look can be seen below.

http://www.the-pillars-of-the-earth.tv/




Timon -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth (15/4/2010 9:08:18 AM)

The actual trailer can be seen here.




mafyou -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth (15/4/2010 1:38:10 PM)

This looks interesting, and thanks for the trailer. I have the book at home and plan to read it before I watch the series.




pedros -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth (15/4/2010 5:34:17 PM)

I read the book twice whilst travelling several years ago, I really enjoyed it so I'm intrigued by this, I had no idea it was even in the works. Some interesting talent involved in it too. This will help plug the gap until Game of Thrones.




Timon -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth (2/6/2010 12:51:11 PM)

The eight-parts miniseries The Pillars of the Earth will premiere on July 23 at 9 Pm on The Movie Network and Movie Central, which are respectively two Canadian premium cable networks from Eastern and Western Canada, along with Starz, an American premium cable network.

The story takes place during the 12th century in England. It's set against a backdrop of war, religious conflict, power struggles and human drama, Follett weaves love-stories and clashes between heroes and villains.




HIM -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth (2/6/2010 1:43:10 PM)

Will they all don mockney accents?




Timon -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth (28/7/2010 9:15:26 AM)

Ok. It started this week. I'll be sure to get the first episode when I get home.

Apparently it hasn't done too badly ratings-wise.

Starz’s acquired big-budget miniseries The Pillars of the Earth got off to a respectable start by Starz standards. The first two hours of the 8-hour mini drew 423,000 viewers on Friday. Not a lot to compare the ratings performance to as Starz is just now making inroads in the event longform programming. But Pillars finished competitively to the premiere of Starz's breakout series hit Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which broke the pay cable network’s debut ratings record when it pulled 553,000 viewers earlier this year.




pedros -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth (28/7/2010 9:57:05 PM)

I didn't realise this had started, thanks for the heads up Timon. Just watched the first part of the opening two-parter, and really enjoyed it - not sure if people who haven't read the book will be able to keep up with all the different plot strands, but that's just reason for them to read the fantastic book. Looking forward to the rest of this series. 




pedros -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth (30/7/2010 10:15:47 AM)

Just watched the second episode - fantastic stuff. They have got the characters spot on, especially Tom, Prior Phillip, and Jack. A bit more adult than the first episode too, with a rape, some incest, and the use of the word 'cunt' (can't remember if that was in the book!) The production values are really good too. If they've got this book right then I really have high hopes now for Game of Thrones, and with the success of Spartacus and with this getting decent ratings then hopefully they HBO will decide to do Clash of Kings too. Wonder if Starz will decide to do World Without End if this proves successful?




demoncleaner -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth (30/7/2010 1:58:43 PM)

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ORIGINAL: pedros

Just watched the second episode - fantastic stuff. They have got the characters spot on, especially Tom, Prior Phillip, and Jack. A bit more adult than the first episode too, with a rape, some incest, and the use of the word 'cunt' (can't remember if that was in the book!)


Was there incest in the book?  I'm trying to think but can't remember.  It would shed a different light on some of the potential candidates.  I'm morbidly curious now.




Timon -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth (1/8/2010 10:39:23 AM)

I watched the first two episodes and I thought it was excellent. Gripping, compelling and despite the numerous characters, easy to follow. I haven't read the book so the conspiracy angles are great fun to watch and I love the cast.

Starz is quickly becoming the producer of some quality shows.




Timon -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth (2/8/2010 9:30:17 AM)

Third episode was great, thought it's a shame to see Donald Sutherland leave.

Prior Philip's plan to 'take' the quarry was very well done. Also, is that 'Stamper' from Tomorrow Never Dies as evil henchman Walter?

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Also I can see why Hayley Atwell has been cast in Captain America. She's purty.




Funkyrae -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth (3/8/2010 9:57:06 AM)

Any plans for this to air in the UK?




Timon -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (3/8/2010 10:09:58 AM)

I heard Channel 4 had the rights, but I've got no idea when they intend to show it.




Felix -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (3/8/2010 10:28:41 AM)

I've sent you a PM Timon.




Rgirvan44 -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (3/8/2010 10:31:20 AM)

Someone on this thread has been shouting at me for not watching this show. Be assured that I am trying my best, but technical issues are getting in the way.




Timon -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (3/8/2010 4:30:33 PM)

I don't know what you mean...[8|]




galvatron -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (9/8/2010 10:35:15 AM)

Watched episode four of this last night and loving it. Lots of character development going on and after four hours it seems like loads has happened but not at the expense of the characters and there's been a fair bit of action to boot. Very good show, loved the bit when Ian McShane walked into the half built cathedral was beautifully done. 




MI Cruise -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (9/8/2010 8:56:15 PM)

I really liked Spartacus so I might check this out when it airs in the UK.




Timon -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (12/8/2010 9:12:12 AM)

Loved the fourth episode, I like how they've jumped four years with the war between Maud and Stephen still ranging.

This is currently my favourite new miniseries/show. I do love a good historical epic.




mafyou -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (13/8/2010 12:15:03 AM)

I've never seen anything produced by Starz before, as far as I'm aware, but if Timon says it's good it must be. He does know his historical epics! In Timon I Trust.

I'm reading the book at the moment (brilliant) so depending on when it is shown, and who shows it, I will probably hold off watching it on TV and wait till the Blu Ray.




demoncleaner -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (13/8/2010 12:41:32 AM)

I read the book and thought it was awful.   Awful.  I think Ken Follett is a hack, a master page-turner but Jesus!

I will watch the adaptation I suppose.  I'll watch Ian McShane with interest because of Deadwood obviously but also because Waleran is far and and away the best character in it.  When I read Waleran I thought of the actor who played the tutor in Barry Lyndon, Murray Melvin.  The priest in Ken Russell's The Devils

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That's how the hawkish Waleran should look to me.

I think think they have the casting of the ginger lad, Jack, down to a tee.

Despite my misgivings about the book I think it's fairplay to Starz to adapt it.  The visual glory is all about the Cathedral.  And Follett does an incredible job of describing the insurmountable glory of God's space-station through the eyes of working class oiks who are visionary about bricks and mortar.  There's a great book that wants to get out amid all the exploitational excuse for shagging and (quite frankly pornographic) rape scenes.

For anyone that liked the book I would highly recommend the more up-market Name of the Rose and despite the slightly famous film I think there's greater room to develope that into a ten hour mini-series.

But getting back to the show... I really will watch this in earnest when it comes terrestial.  Mad Men IV has secured all my piracy attentions at the moment.




demoncleaner -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (13/8/2010 12:48:36 AM)

On another note:  looking at the poster up there I think that McFadyen is cast-iron-stone-cold-brilliant casting for Prior Philip.  You can see him carrying the youthful vigour and the profound gravity of the past on his shoulders.  Yeah, looking forward to this now, despite my misgivings.   McShane looks like a pussy though[:D]




Funkyrae -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (13/8/2010 9:03:40 AM)

THIS confirms what Timon said about Channel 4 having the rights to this. It also says it should air in the UK sometime later this year. Is this going to be their Christmas programming?




Timon -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (13/8/2010 9:16:47 AM)

I'd just like to say, I'd never read the book but it terms of 'awe' it gets the cathedral building scenes done wonderfully. They also don't skimp on the action budget.

Compared to Spartacus, the nudity factor is great reduced but there's still rape and incest for the more disturbed among you....




blackduck -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (16/8/2010 12:50:39 PM)

HI, Can someone please explain the importance of the shipwreck? I missed the very beginning of the episode. I don't want to look online incase I come across any spoilers.




pedros -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (16/8/2010 1:30:44 PM)

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ORIGINAL: blackduck

HI, Can someone please explain the importance of the shipwreck? I missed the very beginning of the episode. I don't want to look online incase I come across any spoilers.


The previous King's heir died in the shipwreck, which resulted in the power struggle between Stephen and Maud. There's more to it but I can't remember what has been revealed in the show so I don't want to give anything away that might be considered a spoiler.

Has anyone seen the recent episode? The bit where *SPOILERS* Tom moved William out of the way so he could look at the cathedral one last time was absolutely heartbreaking.
 
Very very impressed with this programme.




Timon -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (17/8/2010 4:32:54 PM)

I didn't see that ending coming...

That William is quite the bastard. I'm waiting for him to get his comeupannce. Alfred too. The prick.

Still, his method diving into the lake balls-naked when he can't swin to impress Aliena is admirable.




Timon -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (6/9/2010 8:42:02 AM)

Well, it's over and I really enjoyed it. I think there should be more miniseries which doesn't give the show to drop the ball.




spark1 -> RE: The Pillars of the Earth - Starz 12th Century Drama Series (6/9/2010 10:50:33 AM)

any news on when c4 will screen it?




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