World Without End

Series 1 - Episode 2

World Without End
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Nobody would hold up World without End as high-class fare to sit alongside the likes of, say, Borgen over on BBC4. It’s frothy medieval silliness, but done with such conviction and on such a scale that it’s very enjoyable. The rambling story keeps birthing so many new subplots full of scheming monks or crooked squires or wronged women, that you can’t help but get swept along.

After last week’s disaster, the townsfolk need to find a way to put the “bridge” back into “Kingsbridge”, but the casualties have also made Caris dream about building a hospital – something she and would-be lover Merthin (Tom Weston-Jones) could plan together perhaps? Meanwhile, the bishop is busy debauching with his father’s fiancée (in the confessional, no less) and King Edward decides to kick off the 100 Years War.

About this programme

2/6. Following the bridge collapse, Caris takes charge of caring for the casualties as the townsfolk of Kingsbridge mourn their losses. A plan to rebuild the structure is hampered by the newly appointed Lord of Wigleigh, who is intent on carrying out Queen Isabella's order to stop work on it. Godwyn is hell-bent on becoming the new prior and discredits younger favourite Thomas, while the Queen carries out a crafty plan to convince her son Edward III to declare war on her enemies.

Cast and crew


Cynthia Nixon
Sir Thomas Langley
Ben Chaplin
Sir Roland
Peter Firth
Caris Wooler
Charlotte Riley
Merthin Fitzgerald
Tom Weston-Jones
Rupert Evans
Nora von Waldstatten
Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Edward III
Blake Ritson
Sarah Gadon
Edmund Wooler
Carlo Rota
Queen Isabella
Aure Atika
Lady Maud
Megan Follows
Sister Mair
Tatiana Maslany
Tom Cullen
Brother Joseph
David Bradley
Andre Hennicke
Kostja Ullmann
Roger Mortimer
Hannes Jaenicke
Mattie Wise
Indira Varma
Mother Cecilia
Miranda Richardson


Michael Caton-Jones
Executive Producer
Ridley Scott
Executive Producer
Tony Scott
Executive Producer
Rola Bauer
Executive Producer
David W Zucker
Executive Producer
Tim Halkin
Executive Producer
John Weber
Executive Producer
Jonas Bauer
John Pielmeier