I try not to get annoyed over films or tv series that appear to be based on historical events(and even include real characters from our history books)but don't actually deliver historical accuracy.
This mini series is based on a fictional novel by Ken Follett.Amongst the producers are the Scott brothers,Tony and Ridley.The series is directed by one Sergio Mimica-Gezzan.
It's exciting viewing,and has an intriguing plot with plenty of devious characters wielding awesome power whether for the State or the Church over ordinary mortals who are trying to do good and or just survive life in the hard times of 12th Century England.
The acting,although not Oscar level,is mainly believable but not helped by the script which was somewhat simplistic and cumbersome in my opinion.
Ian McShane's role as a Borgia-style climber was under used ;more could have been made of this terrific,meaty character and McShane has in his tank the performance of a lifetime in Deadwood Ultimate Collection Seasons 1-3 [DVD
].Sadly the only time I saw his eyes sparkle was a scene in which a woman lifted her skirts in front of him and urinated on his bible.
There is little nudity throughout,some swearing and some violence.There is a thread of incest running between a mother and her son,and a brief rape scene also involving the son.
My own view is that somebody somewhere enjoyed this so much they decided on the idea of making Game of Thrones - Season 1 [DVD] [2012
] with more nudity,violence,sex and intrigue.
G.O.T. works very well---'Pillars' is like an appetizer.But to be fair to the production it is entertaining without the excesses of G.O.T.