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Battlefield 

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, ... See full summary »

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Ken Follett (based on the book by), John Pielmeier (written for television by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McShane ... Waleran Bigod
Rufus Sewell ... Tom Builder
Matthew Macfadyen ... Philip
Eddie Redmayne ... Jack
Hayley Atwell ... Aliena
Sarah Parish ... Regan Hamleigh
Natalia Wörner ... Ellen
Anatole Taubman ... Remigius
John Pielmeier John Pielmeier ... Cuthbert
Robert Bathurst ... Percy Hamleigh
Clive Wood Clive Wood ... King Henry I
Sam Claflin ... Richard
Liam Garrigan ... Alfred
David Oakes ... William Hamleigh
Götz Otto ... Walter
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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. Philip is tortured into a confession when Waleran tells Maud that he is the man who betrayed Earl Bartholomew. Written by Starz Publicity

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

8 September 2011 (Hungary) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary

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Maud is shown suddenly deciding to take on the title of Empress on a whim. In truth, she carried the title because she had been briefly married as a young girl to the Holy Roman Emperor. See more »

Quotes

Percy Hamleigh: I fear you've cut too deep.
Regan Hamleigh: No, my sweet. Not deep enough.
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Retreat Trumpets
Composed by Dirk Freymuth
Performed by Dirk Freymuth
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Failure to show story's brilliance
9 August 2010 | by KytherMTSee all my reviews

This episode fails to show Ken Follet's brilliance in writing "the Pillars of the Earth" for numerous reasons. The level of drama and corniness was absurd and even made me laugh out loud at times. The book's storyline captures and intrigues the audience on it's own without the addition of "made up" plots such as King Stephen hiring an assassin that appears to murder Jack as well as Bishop Waleran forcing Prior Phillip to confess while being tortured only to be left to a hanging. The only thing keeping me watching is how fun it is to point out the outlandishness of each scene and comical it really is. Any non-reader of the actual book would not think twice about picking it up after viewing this mini-series. So far episode #4 = "Worst episode ever."


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