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World without end – review

January 17, 2013

World without end is a television series based on Ken Follett’s novel of the same name. It focuses on Kingsbridge and takes the view of the peasants as opposed to the manorial lords during the most important events of the fourteenth century, the Black Death, the Peasants Revolt and the 100 years war. The story itself focuses on a select few people, the Earl of Kingsbridge,  King Edward III and his mother Queen Isabella, Godwyn the monk, Merthin the love interest and of course Caris. Caris is what the story focuses on, she begins as a healer, trained by a woman branded a witch. She herself runs into trouble a few times.

The story begins with the murder of Edward II in the tower and the consequences of this. The story leads to Kingsbridge, which contains numerous people who are both egotistical and power hungry, this leads to obvious clashes within the town.

This program is good for entertainment, it has an intriguing story line that will keep interest in it. It is well written with some extent of research, however, it does have some downfalls that really took away from the viewing.

Now, I don’t expect films with a medieval setting to talk exactly how medieval people would have spoken, however, I don’t expect modern day language and a woman (Cynthia Nixon), with an appalling and laughable English accent. Hearing her talk alone really put me off everything going on in the episode.

There are random sex scenes throughout, although these attract people, I don’t think they are needed. They also detract from the story and are brief and fairly unattractive!

I wouldn’t take most of what is said on this series as historical fact, and although you don’t really expect to be able to, some degree of research and historical accurateness would be appreciated. It just kind of seems to be like no real effort has been made to look at the time period and instead it has just been copied from Ken Follett’s novel.

I did stick through all 8 episodes, and it does take into account the view of the peasants, which is a nice change from programmes like The Tudors, which looks primarily at the life of the monarch.

So, although it is watchable, it wouldn’t be something I would recommend to anyone as a good watch, the acting can’t really be faulted, other than the accent, and the setting and plot are both good. By all means, watch it, but, don’t expect to be enthralled.

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