The Pillars of the Earth premieres July 23 on The Movie Network/Movie Central

From a media release:


  • New Canadian original series will premiere on The Movie Network and Movie Central on Friday, July 23 at 9 p.m. ET / PT
  • A stellar ensemble cast includes Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland, Rufus Sewell, Matthew Macfadyen, Hayley Atwell, Eddie Redmayne, Gordon Pinsent and Alison Pill

PillarsofEarthOn Friday, July 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Astral Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) debut The Pillars of the Earth, day and date with the U.S. premiere on STARZ. A Canadian original miniseries based on the bestselling novel by Ken Follett, this epic, eight-hour television event tells the fictional tale of the rising of a magnificent cathedral in Kingsbridge, England.

“I am extremely happy with the series The Pillars of the Earth – script, direction, cast are everything I dreamed it could be. I’m delighted that it will be shown in Canada on The Movie Network and Movie Central,” says world-renowned author Ken Follett.

An official German/Canadian co-production, the US$40 million series is produced by Tandem Communications (The Company) and Muse Entertainment (Durham County) in association with Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Films (The Good Wife), Astral Media’s The Movie Network, Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central and CBC Television.

Set against a backdrop of war, religious conflict, power struggles and human drama, Follett weaves love-stories and clashes between heroes and villains to masterfully depict the political turmoil of 12th century England. Executive produced by Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Rola Bauer, Michael Prupas, David W. Zucker, Tim Halkin, Jonas Bauer and David Rosemont and directed by three-time DGA Award-winning Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Heroes, Into the West), The Pillars of the Earth features Hollywood legends and breakout performances by up-and-coming stars.

The stellar ensemble cast includes Ian McShane (Deadwood, Sexy Beast), Donald Sutherland (Human Trafficking, Dirty Sexy Money), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist, A Knight’s Tale), Matthew Macfadyen (Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, Pride and Prejudice), Hayley Atwell (up-coming Marvel Comics’ Captain America, The Duchess), Eddie Redmayne (The Yellow Handkerchief, The Good Shepherd), Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her) and Alison Pill (Milk). The miniseries was shot on location in Budapest and Austria using Mid-Atlantic Films.

Canadian Broadcast Details (all times ET/PT)

  • The first two episodes of The Pillars of the Earth will debut as a two-hour special on Friday, July 23 at 9 p.m., day-and-date with Starz in the U.S.
  • On Monday, July 26, the two-hour special will repeat at 9 p.m., the miniseries’ regular timeslot
  • For the following four weeks, new one-hour episodes will premiere Monday nights at 9 p.m.
  • The miniseries will conclude with a special two-hour finale on Monday, August 30 at 9 p.m.

The Pillars of the Earth is a high-definition production that will be simulcast on The Movie Network and Movie Central’s High Definition channels. All new episodes will be available on demand and on The Movie Network OnLine following the network premieres.


10 thoughts on “The Pillars of the Earth premieres July 23 on The Movie Network/Movie Central”

  1. The CBC, Canadian Government and Quebec Government paid, in part, for this.

    How come I gotta pay (lots!) to see it?


  2. I read this book for the first time about 7 years ago and I have ead it 5 times since. I have always said it should be a movie! I can’t wait!!!!!

  3. How come it is not coming on our local CBC station, as the others, I read the book and know it will be a great movie. Come on CBC never mind the Movie Network.

  4. For those wishing for it to be on regular cable it will, they always release the Movie Network shows 2-3 years later depending on the response from the show itself. All of the eventually are played into re runs for years rotating on different networks.

    That is just how they do it, and it was paid in part with grants, not fully paid for by the Canadian governments. They put the same thing on practically all of our home grown film work.

    I thought the show was great, they did a good job of invoking the feelings of the times. Even when it was uncomfortable for the viewers. I do hope they decide to do part two to this book as a series as well. World Without End. They have the bonus of all the locations already, just need to age it all 200 years :D

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