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The Pillars of the Earth: Master Builder (S1EP2 Starz 23 Jul 2010, Matthew Macfadyen)

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Master Builder: A fire destroys Kingsbridge church, giving Tom, son Alfred and stepson Jack the chance to build a new cathedral. Prior Philip learns the power of politics when he gets caught between Bishop Waleran and the Hamleighs’ quest for Shiring Castle. Kingsbridge is rocked by the accusation of Ellen being a witch. William takes Aliena and Richard by surprise in a brutal attack. Aliena makes a promise to her father.

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 2

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.