First off, I found the book very compelling and a wonderful, page turning romp through Ken Follet's fertile imagination. I enjoyed looking up details to verify the historical accuracy of his novel and found, as one might expect, a mixed bag from highly accurate to fantasy. I viewed the mini-series directly after reading, so my memory was still freshly imbued with the details of Follet's written word. I expected the worse. Other reviewers point out gross interpretative inaccuracies in the TV drama and I agree that I found myself saying to my very annoyed wife, "that wasn't in the book" or "Hey, they left out a very important detail"...but all in all, as a TV drama, it holds up fairly well and can be entertaining to those who never read the book or by those who did and want to relive the experience. The CGI and sets are very convincing and the overall attention to detail is to be commended. My concerns about book/TV consistency was put aside when I saw (in the special features) that Follet was not only consulted during the production and shooting, but also appeared in a cameo scene. I mean, if he thought the thing worked, then who am I to criticize? At 8 hours, you'll get your fill of a very well made TV miniseries that might disappoint hard core TPOTE readers, but, though not perfect, it nonetheless stands on its own as a very good effort. -Jim

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