“SOME say heroes are born. Others…they’re made.”
Beowulf: Return To The Shieldlands begins on ITV at 7pm next Sunday (Jan 3).
Kieran Bew leading a huge cast as the title character in this epic 12-part series.
I was lucky enough to spend a few days on location earlier this year with Kieran and co in County Durham / Weardale.
Interviewing both the cast and those behind the camera for ITV’s Production Notes.
With other interviews completed later in the year including William Hurt, who plays Hrothgar.
And honoured to host the on stage Q&A after the first episode, directed by Jon East, was screened at BAFTA in London in December.
There is much to say about this ambitious new drama, which also filmed in Northumberland.
Not least concerning the talent, skill and sheer endurance of all those involved in making the series.
But perhaps simpler for you to read those production notes.
Including my interviews with Kieran Bew (Beowulf), Joanne Whalley (Rheda), William Hurt (Hrothgar), Laura Donnelly (Elvina), Edward Speleers (Slean), Gisli Orn Gardarsson (Breca) and Ellora Torchia (Vishka).
Plus creators and executive producers Katie Newman and Tim Haines, writer and executive producer James Dormer and producer Stephen Smallwood.
Click on the link below:
My interviews with Ian Puleston-Davies (Lagrathorn) and David Harewood (Scorann) have been held back to tie in with episode two.
I’ll add them later.
Update: Those episode two interviews now added – click on the links below:
Also scroll down for the first look taster video plus some of the Beowulf production photos.
I may be biased but, for my money, British TV – and the north east of England – can be very proud to have produced this series.
And I’m more than happy to feature the drama as (it happens to be) the 1,000th article I have posted on this TV blog since it transferred to WordPress.
But, as ever, don’t take my word for it.
Watch for yourself…and make your own mind up.