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The Pillars of the Earth

Season 1
201018+
Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles that tear lives and famillies apart, human drama and love stories entwine. Based on Ken Follett's hugely popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth weaves stories through the political turmoil of 12th-century England.
Starring
Ian McShaneMatthew MacfadyenEddie Redmayne
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Anarchy
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    July 23, 2010
    57min
    18+
    The succession to the crown of England is in doubt and causes King Henry's daughter and nephew to compete for the throne. Church politics see Philip, a monk, elected the new prior, which leaves him indebted to Deacon Waleran.
  2. 2. Master Builder
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    July 23, 2010
    53min
    18+
    Tom Builder, his children, Ellen and her son Jack arrive at Kingsbridge Priory in the hope of finding work. The church is in need of repair but Prior Philip has no money and is unable to hire them. Philip decides to ask the King for funds and learns a hard lesson in politics after making a deal, or so he thought, with Percy Hamleigh's scheming wife.
  3. 3. Redemption
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    July 30, 2010
    54min
    18+
    Construction of the new church at Kingsbridge Priory is underway. They have too few men and Prior Philip hopes the sale of this year's wool will give them the money they need to hire more workers. Meanwhile, Aliena and her brother Richard travel to Winchester to witness their father's execution and plead for mercy.
  4. 4. Battlefield
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    August 6, 2010
    48min
    18+
    William applies to have his father's title of Earl transferred to him, and discovers a mysterious knight is also a rival for the Earldom. King Stephen, frightened by Jack's appearance, orders an assassin to kill him. The battle between King Stephen and Maud sees each side's leader being taken hostage.
  5. 5. Legacy
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    August 13, 2010
    55min
    18+
    Princess Maude seems to have gained the upper hand having defeated King Stephen on the battlefield and taken him prisoner. However, her brother, Gloucester, has been taken prisoner by the other side, and a prisoner exchange is arranged. It doesn't go well and the self-styled Empress Maude and King Stephen are again at war.
  6. 6. Witchcraft
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    August 20, 2010
    52min
    18+
    The war is over and Maud has returned to France leaving King Stephen once again unchallenged. Richard returns to Kingsbridge just after William Hamleigh's attack on the market. Aliena has lost everything and can no longer support Richard's knighthood. Alfred sees an opportunity and asks Aliena to marry him, promising to support Richard as well.
  7. 7. New Beginnings
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    August 27, 2010
    55min
    18+
    As a result of his journeys, Jack has learned how to fulfill Tom Builder's dream of a cathedral filled with light. Aliena tracks Jack by following the trail of his carvings. Waleran offers Philip a new position, but it means that Philip must always obey Waleran. Kingsbridge becomes prosperous again which infuriates Regan and William, who plan an attack that is met with resistance from Richard.
  8. 8. The Work of Angels
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    August 27, 2010
    55min
    18+
    Eight years later, Jack's fixation with the cathedral leaves him little time or energy for anything else, while Aliena's fixation with the distant Earldom of Shiring has married her to Alfred, a man she hates. Waleran and Alfred develop a plot to get rid of Jack for good and it seems to be working until evidence comes to light that makes all wrongs rectified.

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Directors
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
Producers
John Ryan
Network
Tandem Communications and Muse Entertainment in association with Scott Free Films
Amazon Maturity Rating
18+ Adults. Learn more
Supporting actors
Hayley AtwellSarah ParishNatalia Wörner