World Without End
- 1 Season
World Without End is a mini series that follows the people of the English town Kingsbridge as the world changes drastically. Royal upheaval has left England without decisive rule, and the current ruler, Edward III, is a pawn of his mother, Queen Isabella, and her consort, Lord Mortimer. Religious plotting and nobles' quests for power have impact not only the lives of high born politicians but the common folk of Kingsbridge. The mini series expands to France and Italy as the characters set out into the world, but returns to England to follow the goings-on of the people of Kingsbridge. Caris, a young woman of Kingsbridge, is at first only concerned with the well-being of her family, but comes to yearn for change in her town. Her lover, Merthin, is the son of a local Earl, and together with Sir Thomas Langley they try to help Kingsbridge advance in infrastructure and medical care. Their personal lives are sometimes helped and sometimes hindered by the events of Kingsbridge. The peasants of England are not happy with their rulers, and there are stirrings of revolt. All the while, Europe is dealing with the Black Plague, and France and England prepare for a war that would last over one hundred years. Caris is played by Charlotte Riley, and Tom Weston-Jones plays her lover Merthis. Ben Chaplin plays Sir Thomas Lanlgey. This historical romance features a wide range of characters, some from history and some from fiction. The series follows the people of Kingsbridge for over a decade. The period drama is richly costumed and portrays the daily lives and culture of the people in 1300s England. This mini series was aired in eight parts. It was based on a novel of the same name by Ken Follett, and is the sequel to Ken Follet's novel The Pillars of the Earth. Michael Caton-Jones directed all eight parts. The novel was adapted for television by John Pielmeier and Ken Follett. The series was aired internationally in 2012. The series was also released on DVD in 2012.