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    Pillars of The Earth was on telly last night on Channel 4. Since it was not a BBC series, I'd thought I'd watch it first before recommending.



    It concerns the period in Britains history called The Anarchy when Matilda fought Stephen for the throne of England (1135Ė1154). Excellent acting, story arc and attention to detail (mostly) marks this series out for greatness imo.

    If you like Cadfael and The Name of the Rose you will enjoy this. I was very impressed with the first two episodes .

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    The wife & I watched the entire series & liked it a lot.
    The muffled drums sad roll has beat the soldier's last tatoo. No more on life's parade shall meet that brave and fallen few.

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    • #3
      It's a pretty good series. I think it did a good job of porteaying the Stephen-Maltilda rivalry but it did a job explaining Stephens resolution to the conflict.


      The series is streaming on Netflix for those who're interested.
      If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks,glory would become the prey of mediocre minds. Napoleon

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      • #4
        I read the book and loved it..so I was wondering how the series was...Thanks Nick..
        "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."- Sir Winston Churchill, about R.A.F. fighter pilots."
        "It is well that war is so terrible, else we grow to fond of it." - Robert E. Lee

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        • #5
          Just watched the next installment . Considering very little actually happened I was still gripped, first time since Carnivale . Hope it doesn't start to drag .
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          • #6
            I just finished The Pillars of Earth... Very nice, best I've seen since finishing Rome.

            I'm not familiar with the book. Was the story completed with those eight episodes?
            Last edited by Paul Mann III; 06 Dec 10, 13:34.
            "This life..., you know, "the life." Youíre not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you donít shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

            BoRG

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            • #7
              Originally posted by robbielynne View Post
              I read the book and loved it..so I was wondering how the series was...Thanks Nick..
              FYI, there's a sequel to the novel which is also apparently pretty good. My wife has read both and gives them
              Amateurs study tactics, Professionals study logistics.

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              • #8
                ^What's the name of the sequel? I read Pillars and enjoyed it. Not sure I would go back for seconds, but knowing is half the battle :-)
                "Look, a golden winged ship is passing my way"
                And I really didn't have to stop...I just kept on going.

                "Castles Made Of Sand"-Jimi Hendrix from Axis:Bold As Love 1967

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                • #9
                  "World Without End" - http://www.amazon.com/World-Without-.../dp/0525950079
                  Amateurs study tactics, Professionals study logistics.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks! That was a pretty speedy reply :-)
                    "Look, a golden winged ship is passing my way"
                    And I really didn't have to stop...I just kept on going.

                    "Castles Made Of Sand"-Jimi Hendrix from Axis:Bold As Love 1967

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                    • #11
                      Just got the DVD finally

                      And I was'nt quite sure what to expect, it did seem interesting at times, but I've only had the time to watch a episode or two a day, starting on the last one though!!

                      Cheers, I think once I have the time to see the whole thing all at once I will get a bit more of all that is going on, I hope anyways!!

                      Tom

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                      • #12
                        I found this to be an outstanding series of the type that only the British seem able to do properly.
                        Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                          I found this to be an outstanding series of the type that only the British seem able to do properly.
                          I believe it was Hungarian with mainly British actors.

                          Almost everything seems to be filmed in Hungary these days.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                            I found this to be an outstanding series of the type that only the British seem able to do properly.
                            The series was a $40 million dollar co-production between Canada, Spain and Germany.

                            Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post
                            I believe it was Hungarian with mainly British actors.
                            Almost everything seems to be filmed in Hungary these days.
                            The series features a large international cast that includes Canadian actors Donald Sutherland, Alison Pill and Gordon Pinsent as well as Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell and Matthew Macfadyen
                            Last edited by Sparlingo; 05 Jan 11, 15:49.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Roadkiller View Post
                              It's not as good as Pillars of the Earth, not by far in my opinion. Should be "Novel without End"

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