Channel 4 buys Pillars of the Earth sequel and Labyrinth adaptation

World without End joins Labyrinth - starring John Hurt and Jessica Brown-Findlay - on the channel’s roster

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Channel 4 has acquired the rights to World Without End, the follow-up to medieval drama Pillars of the Earth, which it showed in late 2010.

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The eight-part series adapted from Ken Follett’s sequel is set 150 years later in the same fictional town of Kingsbridge, and features some of the descendants of the original characters from Pillars of the Earth. 

Miranda Richardson stars alongside Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon and Spooks’s Peter Firth.

The co-production between Tandem, Take 5 and Galafilm is made in association with director Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free Films.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 has also bought in Labyrinth, based on Kate Mosse’s historical thriller, set during the Middle Ages and in present-day France. 

It features a number of British stars including John Hurt, Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown-Findlay and Harry Potter’s Tom Felton.

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Both series are set  to air later this year.