This hasn't aired in the UK yet - did anyone watch it in the US. There's almost no buzz about it anywhere. What's going on? Have to admit, this doesn't bode well.....
Starz (Mini-Series 2010)
Had just started reading the book, which I bought because I heard some chapters of it on the "Audible Books" station on satellite radio. So far, the deviations from the book are acceptable, to fit it into the space of a TV series and concentrate on visually dramatic parts of the story,although having Jack be a full-size teenager instead of a small pre-teen was somewhat jarring.Don't know enough about the actual history to know when the TV show is taking great liberties; in our historyStephen did manage to hang on to the throne until he died and Maud's son then became Henry II and right now in the series he's alive and kinging-it...and how could we know if he really did have prophetic nightmares as he does in the show. Ian McShane is absolutely perfect as the scheming bishop, which as ever is worth the price of admission.
I remember reading this book ages ago and thinking what a great movie it would make. A series like this is even better since the many different characters and all the subplots can be explored in greater depth. None of the characters are anything like I imagined them, but I don't mind because they've cast some of my favourite actors. Rufus Sewell is always great in a period drama (I've had a bit of a crush on him ever since watching him in Middlemarch).
I'm watching it, I'm enjoying it. I read Ken Follet's book the first time 20 years ago... it seems to follow pretty accurately to the story as I recall but I think in trying to get everything in the pace can sometimes be a little fast... maybe that is me. I'd enjoy hearing a review from someone who has never read the book
|it seems to follow pretty accurately to the story as I recall but I think in trying to get everything in the pace can sometimes be a little fast... maybe that is me.|