“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.

downtonxmas12a

“LIFE is strange, isn’t it?”

Downton Abbey series three, episode nine.

Otherwise known as the 2012 Christmas Special, just broadcast by ITV1 tonight – December 25 – in the UK.

If you have yet to watch it, do NOT read any further.

Come back later once you have viewed.

That obviously also goes for our American cousins waiting for series three to begin on PBS on Jan 6.

As well as other Downton fans across the globe who are not yet up to the UK series pace.

There are major spoilers below.

So unless you want to read them, stop now.