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A thriller and love story set in 10th-century Japan.

Lady Shonagon is an imperial courtesan, living at the court of the Japanese Emperor in the 10th century. When a series of disturbing thefts within the palace walls throws the court into confusion and unrest, Shonagon is appointed guide and assistant to Lieutenant Yukinari as he investigates. 

Together, Shonagon and Yukinari must solve the mysteries and escalating crimes that plague the Japanese court, and their romance blossoms in the tightly enclosed world behind the high palace walls. But soon Shonagon's lover, Tadanobu, becomes uncomfortable with how closely they are working together....

The Pillow Book is inspired by the writings of Sei Shonagon, a poet and lady-in-waiting to the Empress of the 10th-century Japanese court. The work of the real-life Sei Shonagon consists of essays, lists, anecdotes, poems and descriptive passages about her daily life. 

This full-cast drama stars Ruth Gemmell as Sei Shonagon, with Yukinari played by Mark Bazeley in series 1-3 and Cal Macaninch in series 4-10. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Tadanobu in series 1.
Directed by Lu Kemp.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • 07-19-18

Atmospheric Journey in 10th Century Japan

A brilliantly produced well acted journey through atmospheric 10th Century Japan. We have over eleven hours of entertainment. This is well out of my usual comfort zone, but it fu fills all my needs. Corruption, love, jealousy, social injustice, truth, and mind games. A journey about life, strength of mind, thought and belief in ones self, purpose, and mankind. A lot to get ones mind working and exercised. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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