This is the sequel to Ken Follett's highly acclaimed book, "Pillars of the Earth", set 200 years later, in 15th century England. In book form, World Without End is a powerful epic novel. Unfortunately, the series is a heavy-handed, bizarre version in which the violence has been dialed up to the point where the story is about two serial killers and a sociopath. It has all the brutality of the series "Rome" with none of its wittiness or depth. It is arguably the worst British mini-series ever made. A brilliant British cast has been supplemented with American actors (Cynthia Nixon) whose accents are so bad that it's like listening to nails on a chalkboard. Despite the lurid rape scenes and scores of hanged men and women and blood galore, I was bored by the story, which made no sense after the characters and events were altered beyond recognition for no particular reason. Example: Sir Thomas Langley is actually the deposed king. And Petranilla is actually Ralph's mother. And Godwin kills a bunch of people and nobody asks any questions. Really? Come on! My advice is to read the book and give this series a big miss.