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The Pillars of the Earth: Anarchy (S1EP1 Starz 23 Jul 2010, Hayley Atwell)

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Anarchy: The succession to the crown of England is in doubt and causes King Henry’s daughter and nephew to compete for the throne. The Hamleigh family’s hope for an advantageous marriage for their son William falls apart. Tom Builder and his family search for work and encounter Ellen and her mysterious son Jack. Church politics see Philip, a monk, elected the new prior, which leaves him indebted to Deacon Waleran.

Regular Cast: Ian McShane (Waleran Bigod), Matthew Macfadyen (Prior Phillip), Rufus Sewell (Tom Builder), Hayley Atwell (Aliena), Eddie Redmayne (Jack Jackson), David Oakes (William Hamleigh), Tony Curran (King Stephen), Sarah Parish (Regan Hamleigh), Liam Garrigan (Alfred Builder), Götz Otto (Walter), Sam Claflin (Richard), Jody Halse, Anatole Taubman (Remigius), Skye Bennett (Young Martha), John Pielmeier (Cuthbert), Matt Devere, Gordon Pinsent (Archbishop), Ken Follett (Merchant), Robert Bathurst (Percy Hamleigh), Donald Sutherland (Earl Bartholomew), Natalia Wörner (Ellen), Alison Pill (Maud), Douglas Booth (Eustace (15 years old)), Féodor Atkine (Abbot Sugar), Virág Bárány (Young Woman Whore), Freddie Boath (Henry – 15 year), Barnabás Réti (Brother Paul), Molnár Piroska (Grandmama), Lisa Millett (Kate), Clive Wood (King Henry I), Richard Rifkin (Matthew), László Áron (Architect), Kelly Banlaki (Princess), David Bark-Jones (Francis), Tamás Baross (Gabriel), Tatiana Turner (Gabriel’s Mother), Michael Mehlmann (Prior James), Skye Lourie (Elisabeth), Peter Linka, Mark Phelan (Otto),

Writers: John Pielmeier, Ken Follet

Airdate: 23 Jul 2010 on Starz

Series: The Pillars of the Earth Season 1 Episode 1

Show Info: Based on the novel by Ken Follett Pillars of the Earth is a tale of treachery and intrigue, violence and beauty, a sensuous, spirited story set against the backdrop of the building of a cathedral in 12th Century England admist religious strife, war and the battle for the crown.