Sunday, October 7, 2012

HOLLYWOOD SPY SPOTLIGHT ON EPIC MINI SERIES "WORLD WITHOUT END" WITH TOM WESTON JONES, BLAKE RITSON, BEN CHAPLIN, RUPERT EVANS, OLIVER JACKSON COHEN, CYNTHIA NIXON!

You are already informed about the epic mini series WORLD WITHOUT END, but I'm spotlighting it again since it is about to start airing over at Reelz in USA this month. It's already airing in Canada, and I myself have
seen three episodes so far. So far it is worth watching. It is maybe overly similar to its prequel THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH being filled with evil monks, corrupted priers, bridges, bloodthirsty lords and witches being publicly killed, but it does have lovely sets, especially the landscapes, rather nice costumes and the story is dynamic so far. The best part is that, similarly to the previous series (WORLD WITHOUT END is set 200 years after the events in PILLARS, and both series are based on Ken Follett's famous historical novels) the series will probably yield a number of talented young actors.
PILLARS gave us Eddie Redmayne, David Oakes and Sam Claflin, while the new series has notable performances from a bunch of rather charismatic young actors from brilliant Blake Ritson (who truly
shines playing young king Edward III) to handsome trio - Tom Weston Jones (you're currently also watching him in BBC AMERICA's COPPER), Oliver Jackson Cohen (a very believable villain) and Tom Cullen (who similarly to PILLARS, which also depicted both the
 lives of noblemen and the villagers, plays an honest farmer). Cynthia Nixon and Miranda Richardson, alongside Ben Chaplin and Rupert Evans are also on top of their tasks. My only problem is shockingly talentless Charlotte Riley in the lead role of Caris.
I'm really not sure how she was chosen for the role, but her performance was, so far, deeply unappealing, bland and cold. She was expressionless and empty even in some of the most emotional scenes in the plot. She is definitely one of the worst cast roles ever seen on TV.

WORLD WITHOUT END STORY
A paid assassin is sent to murder a king. A mysterious knight flees to the countryside, hotly pursued by the Queen's men. Two teenagers witness an incident in the woods that will change the course of a nation. In the thriving town of Kingsbridge, the latest marketplace gossip is the strange circumstances of the King's death. The civil war is over, Kingsbridge's economy is robust and merchant coffers are full.
All is well in Kingsbridge until the two noble young men bring their wounded knight to the Priory to be doctored. Sir Thomas Langley surprises all by buying his sanctuary in the Church as a humble monk using a dowry from the Queen. What could he possibly have on Queen Isabella to warrant such support? Without warning, Kingsbridge seems suddenly under siege. The Queen's ardent supporter, Sir Roland, marches in and usurps the Earldom of neighbouring Shiring, condemning the reigning lord to
death as a traitor. Roland's list of men, who supported the old King against Her Majesty is long – and they will all hang. The rest must pay dearly in taxes to support her claim to the French Crown - marking the beginning of the 100 Year War.
Caris, a visionary young woman, struggles to rise above the suffering and oppression in order to lead her people out of the dark times. In order to save Kingsbridge, Caris, along with her lover Merthin and Sir Thomas Langley, build a community that stands up to The Crown and
The Church. Their courage inspires a nation and throughout Europe commoners and peasants stand up for their rights and revolt against their oppressors - a new age emerges.
WORLD WITHOUT END CAST
 The mini series is being directed by famous Michael Caton Jones from ROB ROY and BEYOND THE GATES and produced by the producers of THE TUDORS and THE BORGIAS and Ridley Scott and his brother Tony Scott. The book itself has been a huge bestseller in
more than 30 countries around the world! The rich and complex cast is being lead by a number of famous names as the story again mixes the stories of the common people and the noble ones: Cynthia Nixon from SEX AND THE CITY plays Petranilla, British star Ben Chaplin plays
Sir Thomas Langley, mesmerizing British actor Rupert Evans whom we remember from brilliant THE PALACE series plays evil prior Godwyn, while famous Miranda Richardson plays Mother Cecilia. The cast also includes a bunch of extremely beautiful young actors: Tom Cullen is farmer Wulfric, Sarah Gadon is gorgeous Phillippa, Oliver Jackson Cohen is villainous Ralph, Blake Ritson is
King Edward, Nora von Waldstaetten is brave Gwenda, Tom Weston Jones is Merthin, Charlotte Riley is Caris, Aure Atika is Queen Isabella and HOLLYWOOD SPY's dear friend, ever so lovely, Caroline Boulton plays sister Elisabeth.

22 comments:

  1. HI Dez,

    I love period, epic drama, so this will definitely by on my "to watch" list. Thanks for featuring it and cluing us in on who's who and what's what...

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. be welcome Michael, it airs in USA in about ten days, methinks :)

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    1. 'tis my fave word... surely you've noticed... ;)

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  3. that is quite a cast ~ Will be checking it out ~

    happy weekend Dez ~

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    1. there are some nice actors and actresses in it, but it is not a better cast than the one in PILLARS OF THE EARTH

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  4. Ha! I love your description -- lots of bloodshed, burning of witches, but the sets are lovely. :D

    You know I'll catch this when it moves to DVD. I have the book, but still haven't read it. It's another 1300 or so pages long. Oy.

    Wonderful photos, and I meant to tell you your banners are so well done. These shows should pay you for the advertising. :))

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    1. well, you gotta see some light everywhere :)

      Oy, tell me it is not that long! I wonder if it was released in my country.

      Indeed they should, the same goes for the design of my site ;) I've been getting numerous compliments from people and was even amused when some people said that this design probably costs quite a lot of money LOL

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    2. It's true, you're very good at the graphic art. I still love the header you did for me. 'Tis beautiful and very professional looking. :))

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    3. glad you do :) It was done with love :) Tell me when you get bored with it and want a new one....

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  5. I remember doing a history piece about Queen Isabella, not a nice lady.

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    1. yep, she's a manipulative lady judging from the series, most of English royals have been crazy lunatics...

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  6. I'll have a long wait to be able to see this, but it is something to look forward too. They've chosen an attractive bunch of actors and actresses for it. It was a gruesome period of history but an interesting one to read about and perfect for an epic tale.

    I'm off to watch The Wind That Shakes The Barley darling. Nitey Nite.

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    1. I'd wish you joy in watching it, but I know it is not a joyful story depicted in the film :(

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  7. What a cast! I hope I catch this.

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    1. it starts in about ten days in USA :) and it already started in Canada

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  8. Hm... I think I'll finish watching Game of Thrones first.

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    1. pffft... THRONES is the most inferior of all epic shows....

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  9. Just watch Tom Weston Jones in Copper!

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    1. yep, he is currently very popular thanks to the unexpected success of that show

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  10. I like it!
    Very good series.

    Ben Chaplin... hm, the best actor!

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