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World Without End

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KEN Follett takes viewers back to his fictitious town of Kingsbridge, but 200 years later and with all new characters for fans to fall in love with.

Experience the romance, tragedy and victory in the $46 million, eight-hour epic mini-series World Without End, which aired on Channel 4 in January, and which debuts on Blu-ray™ and DVD on February 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Best-selling Welsh author Ken Follett has sold more than 130 million copies of his books worldwide. Eye of the Needle, Key To Rebecca, On Wings of Eagles and The Pillars of the Earth are among his numerous, critically acclaimed suspense and historical novels that have been adapted into films and TV mini-series, capturing top ratings, as well as Emmy Awards® and Golden Globe® nominations.

The hit mini-series from Tandem Communications and Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Films stars an internationally acclaimed cast including two-time Emmy Award® winner Cynthia Nixon (Sex & The City), two-time Academy Award® nominee Miranda Richardson (Damage), Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line, Murder by Numbers), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster, Going The Distance), Academy Award® nominee Peter Firth (Equus), Charlotte Riley (Easy Virtue), Rupert Evans (Hellboy) and Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis).

In World Without End, times are tougher than ever in England as the country is on the brink of war with France and the citizens are facing The Plague that will eventually decimate one-third of its population.

A feisty young woman (Riley) inspires her medieval town to confront the most powerful forces of her time – namely the Church and the Crown – as they fight to save their town from ruin, and ultimately usher in a new era of freedom, innovation and enlightenment.

The DVD also includes a behind-the-scenes featurette, The Making of Ken Follett’s World Without End, providing a look at the making of the film.


England is on the brink of a devastating war with France that will last over a hundred years, and The Bubonic Plague, which will wipe out a third of Europe’s population before it is done, is spreading.

Caris (Riley), a visionary young woman, struggles to rise above the suffering and oppression in order to lead her people out of the Dark Ages. With her lover, Merthin (Tom Weston-Jones), she builds a community in Kingsbridge that stands up to the church and the crown.

Together, they unearth a dangerous secret and must fight to save their town from ruin, ultimately ushering in a new era of freedom, innovation and enlightenment.

Based on the novel by Ken Follett, World Without End was directed by Michael Caton-Jones from a script by John Pielmeier. Rola Bauer, David W. Zucker, Tim Halkin, Jonas Bauer, John Weber, Ridley Scott and Tony Scott served as executive producers.

The mini-series has a running time of 373 mins on DVD and 389 mins on Blu-ray and is rated 15. It is out on Blu-ray and DVD on February 18, 2013.

© 2012 Tandem Productions GmbH, World Without End (T5) Productions Inc. and World Without End (Quebec) Productions Inc. All Rights Reserved.