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Pillars of the Earth: Season 1 (2010)

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Critic Consensus: With its talented cast and strong production values, Pillars of the Earth is the kind of satisfying, eventful miniseries that is rarely seen these days.

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Based on the Ken Follett novel of the same name, "Pillars of the Earth" is an eight-part miniseries set in 12th-century England. After the death of the heir, King Henry's (Clive Wood) daughter (Alison Pill) and nephew (Tony Curran) fight for the throne. Meanwhile, Tom Builder (Rufus Sewell) becomes close to Ellen (Natalia Wörner) and her son Jack (Eddie Redmayne) after his wife dies in childbirth. Alliances are built and families are betrayed as everyone fights for what they believe is rightfully theirs.

Cast

Ian McShane
as Waleran Bigod
Rufus Sewell
as Tom Builder
Matthew MacFadyen
as Prior Philip
Donald Sutherland
as Bartholomew
Sarah Parish
as Regan Hamleigh
Tony Curran
as King Stephen
David Oakes
as William Hamleigh
Sam Claflin
as Richard
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Critic Reviews for Pillars of the Earth: Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (11)

There is a lot to commend in this Pillars of the Earth, chiefly the actors - who are uniformly excellent - and its set design.

July 23, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The abundance of material plays out naturally, in a nicely arranged script by John Pielmeier that leans heavily on the R-rated soap side of things.

July 23, 2010 | Full Review…

It reminds us the value and satisfaction we can find in a complex production executed well.

July 23, 2010 | Full Review…

They just don't make them like this anymore.

July 23, 2010 | Full Review…

It's the sort of expansive miniseries that we never see on network television anymore. And rarely see elsewhere.

July 23, 2010 | Full Review…

They really don't make them like this anymore.

July 23, 2010 | Full Review…

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