World without End
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.