“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.

Jessica Brown Findlay as Mary Yellan.
Jessica Brown Findlay as Mary Yellan.

“THERE’S nothing so dangerous as a headstrong girl who knows her own mind.”

Jessica Brown Findlay is mean, moody and muddy as Mary Yellan in a terrific three-part BBC1 adaptation of Jamaica Inn.

The former Downton Abbey star deserves to shake off all mentions of Lady Sybil and sentences that begin like this one after her dark and brooding performance as Mary.

Screenwriter Emma Frost stays faithful to Daphne du Maurier’s novel while adding her own stamp on the Cornish classic.

With BAFTA award-winning director Philippa Lowthorpe weaving yet more screen magic across three hours of drama.