World Without End

Series 1-Episode 3

Series 1-Episode 3

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Review

Oh the ignorance! The brutality! The sheer unfairness of everything in provincial England in 1334! World without End keeps hitting us between the eyes with it all – the “wantonness and evil” as a nun complains to Prior Godwyn, though he’s the most evil of the lot, and underneath his saintly talk, wanton too, in a creepy, pervy way.

He actually goes a bit nuts tonight, ranting against women and Jews and taking drastic steps to prevent Mother Cecilia (Miranda Richardson) building her hospice. There are about 47 other plot developments among the huge cast, including rape, poisoning, stabbings and disembowelment.

But it’s all laced with such a sense of grand passion and seriousness that it’s very enjoyable indeed.

Summary

With the construction of the new bridge now well in hand under Merthin's supervision, Ralph undertakes a task of his own - to fund the ongoing war with France by any means necessary and at whatever price. Meanwhile, Godwyn is outraged when Mother Cecilia rejects his plans to build a palace on the convent estate and promises Caris a hospital instead. Fighting back, he issues an edict giving the Priory control over all town land.

Cast & Crew

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