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World Without End – First Look at Showcase/Reelz’s Upcoming Medieval Drama

By on May 31, 2012
Aure Atika as Queen Isabella. Image © Shaw Media

Aure Atika as Queen Isabella. Image © Shaw Media

World Without End was unveiled as part of Shaw Media’s 2012/13 Upfronts yesterday. The series will air both on Showcase in Canada, and on digital cable channel Reelz in the US this Fall.

The medieval drama, adapted from Kan Follett’s global bestseller of the same name premieres as an eight-part, one-hour event series. Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin, Peter Firth, Charlotte Riley, and Canadians Megan Follows and Sarah Gadon headline the star-studded cast with director Michael Caton-Jones at the helm. The epic series follows Caris, a visionary young woman struggling to rise above the suffering and oppression in order to lead her people out of the dark times. England is on the brink of devastating war with France that will last over a hundred years, and a terrible plague is spreading that will wipe out a third of Europe’s population before it is done. With her lover Merthin, Caris builds a community that stands up to The Crown and The Church. Together, they unearth a dangerous secret and must fight to save their town of Kingsbridge from ruin, ultimately ushering in a new era of freedom, innovation and enlightenment.

Check out the first look trailer for the show below.