The Pillars Of The Earth

9:00pm Saturday, November 20 on C4

In the final two-hour episode, Aliena takes her child to France, exiled after giving birth to Jack’s illegitimate son. Philip, ousted as Prior of Kingsbridge after the roof’s collapse, rejects an offer by Archbishop Waleran to become his archdeacon. Ellen warns Jack that Waleran is one of three men responsible for his father’s death, and therefore wants Jack dead. William attacks Kingsbridge yet again, and when the raid fails, turns his frustrated fury on his mother. Then Richard returns from the Crusades, intent on petitioning the King for his Earldom one last time.

9:00pm Saturday, October 23 on C4

Aliena’s father the Earl is executed for supporting Maud. To prove her family’s loyalty to King Stephen, she vows to fund her brother Richard’s knighthood so that he can fight against Maud. William and his mother Regan plot with Waleran to have the cathedral project transferred to Shiring, which is now in their possession. Despite their interference, Tom and Prior Philip continue work on the cathedral. Waleran arranges a visit by the King, intending to sabotage the project once and for all, but Jack’s newly-carved statue of the cathedral’s patron saint has an unexpected and shocking effect.

9:00pm Saturday, October 16 on C4

Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Hayley Atwell and Donald Sutherland star in this adaptation of Ken Follett’s best-selling novel, a love story set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles in 12th-century England. Aliena, daughter of the Earl of Shiring, rejects William Hamleigh’s brutish proposal of marriage, sparking the young man’s bitter fury. Visionary mason Tom Builder and his family search for work in the English winter, but meet tragedy on the road. In Kingsbridge, the monastery’s idealistic new Prior, Philip, learns a dangerous secret and becomes obligated to ambitious, sinister cleric Waleran Bigod.

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