The Pillars of the Earth (2010 TV-mini series)

Pillars of the Earth

Set in:  1120-1170

Directed by: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan

Writer(s): Ken Follett, John Pielmeier

Cast: Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell, Rufus Sewell

Kingsbridge (fictional town, meant to be approximately where the present-day town of Marlborough (Wiltshire) is located), England

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Synopsis by Jason Buchanan

Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland, and Rufus Sewell headline this eight-part miniseries adapted from the best-selling novel by author Ken Follett. As England moves out of the Dark Ages, the tensions between ambitious mason Tom Builder (Sewell), Bishop Waleran Bigod (McShane), and the heirs of King Stephen (Toony Curran), King Henry (Clive Wood), and Queen Maud (Alison Pill) come to a head when Builder’s plan to construct an opulent cathedral threaten to trudge up some damning secrets that the royal families would rather remain buried.


Mrs. Brown 1997

  Mrs.BrownThe film tells the story of Queen Victoria (played by Dame Judi Dench) and her relationship with a Scottish servant, John Brown (played by comedian Billy Connolly), and the subsequent uproar it provoked. Brown had been a trusted servant of Victoria’s then deceased consort, Prince Albert; Victoria’s chief servants thought Brown might help to ease the Queen’s deep, apparently inconsolable, grief over the prince consort’s death in 1861. To help ease the Queen toward resuming public life after years of secluded mourning, Brown is summoned to court… more of the Wikipedia articleJudi Dench won Best Actress for BAFTA and Golden Globes and was nominated for Best Actress for Academy Awards and SAG Awards. Billy Connelly was nominated for BAFTA best supporting actor.This is one of my favourite films – I loved watching how the relationship evolved between Queen Victoria and Mr.Brown and how he drew her out of her mourning over Prince Albert.


Source: Enchanted Serenity of Period Films: Mrs. Brown

Princes in the Tower (TV Movie 2005)

The Princes in the Tower 2005

Directed by Justin Hardy. With Mark Umbers, John Castle, Roger Hammond, Sally Edwards. 16 years after the ‘deaths’ of the two boy Princes held captive in the Tower, Perkin Warbeck makes his claim to the throne as the rightful King Richard. Did the younger brother survive? Is he an imposter or is he, as he says ‘King Richard’.

Source: Princes in the Tower (TV Movie 2005) – IMDb

For more than five centuries, the disappearance of England’s young King Edward V and his brother Richard, the Duke of York, has remained a mystery. This historical drama retraces their story. Most believed the princes were killed after banishment to the Tower of London; eight years later, the world was astonished when impostor Perkin Warbeck stepped out of the shadows claiming to be Richard, the true heir to the throne.

Mark Umbers, Nicholas Rowe, Nadia Cameron-Blakey, Correntin Combeau, Paul Hilton, Timotei Cresta, Roger Hammond, Sally Edwards, John Castle


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