World Without End on Channel 4
Fans of medieval drama pay attention! Channel 4 are currently showing a televised series of World Without End by Ken Follet.
I reviewed this mammoth book a while ago and loved the characters, story and setting. It is a sequel to Follet's book Pillars of the Earth (also previously adapted by channel 4 very well - starring Eddie Redmayne who is currently in cinemas as Les Miserables' Marius) and finds us again in the priory of Kingsbridge, where monks, Earls and peasants lead lives of secrecy, deceit and treachery. It's something of a medieval romp, but it has a delicious air of back-stabbing and characters to root for!
I have watched the first episode on 4 On Demand, as it sneakily slipped under my radar (I have been too busy studying lately to watch TV, so thanks for the text, mum!) and I have to say it has laid foundations to be just as good/melodramatic as Pillars... The cinematography is lush, and let's be honest, it was an excuse for channel 4 to reuse some lavish sets! I cant wait to see the plots start to weave and intertwine, and the acting is great (the actress playing Caris played Cathy in Wuthering Heights not long ago and was brilliant). Once again recognized acting names (Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson) star alongside talented young stars.
So, if you are free this weekend, catch up on the first episode and tune into episode 2 this Saturday at 9 on Channel 4.
I'll see you there!
Emma is a designer living in Bristol, UK. A self-confessed stationery addict, book lover and TV sci-fi geek, she enjoys sketching zombie-eyed women and finding her next source of inspiration in the pages on the bookshelf.