World with­out End

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 8.30pm, SoHo It’s 1327. Again. Yes, it’s yet an­other epic his­tor­i­cal se­ries, a fol­low-up of sorts to The Pil­lars of the Earth se­ries shown re­cently on the ABC, though the ac­tion takes place 150 years later. Like that se­ries, this one is based on a sprawl­ing Ken Fol­lett novel, and is pro­duced by brothers Ri­d­ley and Tony Scott. Things be­gin with the 1327 sur­ren­der of King Ed­ward II to his French wife Queen Is­abella, who im­pris­ons him and im­me­di­ately crowns their son Ed­ward III king of Eng­land. How­ever, the fo­cus is really on the or­di­nary folk of the fic­tional English town of Kings­bridge dur­ing the start of the Hun­dred Years’ War and the out­break of the Black Death. As al­ways there is much vi­o­lence in­clud­ing, quite early on, a re­mark­ably graphic stab­bing through the eye, and much ro­mance. If you en­joyed Ri­d­ley Scott’s Gla­di­a­tor, you’ll find this an im­mer­sive fes­tive di­ver­sion.

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