ReelzChannel Lines Up Epic October to Celebrate World Without End Mini-series
10.04.12 by REELZ
It's officially Epic October at Reelz, and we're gearing up for the US premiere of the mini-series adaptation of Ken Follett's World Without End on October 17th. To celebrate, we've lined up a slough of movies, specials, and shows to illuminate the people, history, and events surrounding the mini-series.
The four-part mini-series will make its U.S. premiere on Wednesday, October 17th, at 9p ET and at 9p PT in a two-hour television event. World Without End, starring Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City, The Big C) and Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Young Victoria), is an adaptation of Ken Follett's international best-selling novel set amidst natural disaster, plague, and war in 14th century England two hundred years after the construction of the great cathedral in The Pillars of the Earth.
This Year's Mini-Series Event
World Without End Specials
World Without End: The Making of an Epic
Reelz takes you behind the scenes of the making of its epic eight-hour miniseries over four weeks, World Without End. Host Rupert Evans of Hellboy fame, who plays a monk you’ll love to hate, takes you to the Medieval world of the 14th Century to introduce you to his co-stars, Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson and Ben Chaplin. Plus, hear multimillion-selling author Ken Follett’s fear about bringing his book to screen in the $46 million movie-like miniseries.
World Without End: Bringing the Dark Ages to Life
Reelz shows you how the Medieval epic eight-hour miniseries over four weeks, World Without End, springs to life on a movie-like scale. Hosted by Rupert Evans of Hellboy fame, who plays the power-crazed monk Godwyn, you’ll learn the special effects secrets behind the massive bridge collapse that is the turning point of the $46 million series, plus you’ll see the makeup tricks that make stars Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson and Ben Chaplin look right at home in the 14th Century.
Journey into the Dark Ages: The Black Death
The great plague was one of the darkest chapters of European History. World Without End author Ken Follett shows us how the outbreak came about and how it would eventually be treated later.
- Saturday, October 13th, 11a ET / 8a PT
Sunday, October 14th, 10a ET / 7a PT
Journey into the Dark Ages: The Great Women of the Middle Ages
World without End author Ken Follett uncovers the fascinating stories of ordinary women including Hildegard von Bingen, Marguerite Porete, and Joan of Arc. Their ideas, beliefs and courage are brought to life in this documentary. These real life exceptional women paved the way for Follett’s female characters.
- Saturday, October 13th, 7p ET / 4p PT
Sunday, October 14th, 6p ET / 3p PT
World Without End: Going Medieval
Hosted by Adrian Dixon
Hollywood Dailies' Epic Extras
Each weekday throughout October Hollywood Dailies will feature a special segment about the stories, people, and events of World Without End. Tune in to Dailies for behind-the-scenes interviews with Cynthia Nixon and cast, learn how the crew built a medieval bridge for the movies pivotal turning point, and get sneak peeks at each of the upcoming episodes.
Weekdays through October, 5:30p ET / 2:30p PT
Maltin on Movies
The Countdown: On Reelz
The Countdown: Dudes of the Dark Ages
The Countdown pays tribute to Reelz' original mini-series World Without End by counting down the best medieval movies. Come sit at Kenneth Branagh’s court, listen to Heath Ledger’s middle aged tale, and watch how Russell Crowe defends his family’s honor.
The Countdown: Screen Queens
We're counting down the top evil queens in movies. These women are on a mission: from Helena Bonham Carter as the "Queen of Hearts" to Judi Dench as "Queen Elizabeth" to Tilda Swinton as "Jadis, the White Witch".
Kingdom of Heaven
starring Orlando Bloom, Nathalie Cox and Liam Neeson. Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.
Saturday, October 13th, 8p ET / 5p PT
The Name of the Rose
starring Sean Connery, Christian Slater and Helmut Qualtinger. An intellectually nonconformist monk investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.
Sunday, October 14th, 8p ET / 5p PT
As an aside, if you're jonesing for more, download the World Without End Second Screen App that contains a wealth of information about the mini-series, the characters, the history, and more. You don't have to wait two more weeks to get this fix, the app is available right now.