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Friday, 26 November 2010

Pillars of the Earth

The release of Pillars of the Earth is imminent; a new mini-series that rivals all the other boxed sets out there. I was sent these DVDs to watch, and was surprised to find I could actually relax and enjoy an action series, when after a long day at work I can usually only stomach Glee or Gossip Girl, embarrassingly.

It is tricky to give a story outline without giving too much away. The show is based on a historical novel by Ken Follett published in 1989 about the building of a cathedral in a fictional town in England. It is set in the middle of the 12th century, and begins with the death of King Henry’s son. The action is set against the backdrop of war, religious strife and vicious power struggles; subjects that seem worrying relevant for an audience today. As well as the epic themes, there is also a great love story in Pillars of the Earth, that shines through the political turmoil.

I loved the decadence and debauchery of this series, with drama so rich that it allows you to become completely lost in the story, exactly what I need on a night off from London’s West End shows.

The sterling cast include: Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell, Sarah Parish, Tony Curran, Donald Sutherland, Alison Pill, David Oakes, Natalia Worner and Sam Claflin.

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