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Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands

  • Episode: 

    12 of 12

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 20 Mar 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    7.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 12 2016 : Sat 19 Mar - Fri 25 Mar
  • Channel: 

  • Status: 

    Last in series
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Series overview
Kieran Bew leads a stellar cast in ITV’s epic re-imagining of one of literature’s greatest and most enduring heroes Beowulf.
Kieran stars alongside multi award-winning actor William Hurt (Humans, Kiss of the Spider Woman) who plays Hrothgar and acclaimed actress Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall, Jamaica Inn) who takes the role of Rheda.
Created by James Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman, this action-packed 12 part drama series produced by ITV Studios is set in the mythical Shieldlands, a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures. 
Essentially, a Western set in Britain’s mythic past, the story unfolds on a huge canvas, filmed amongst the breathtaking beauty of England's north east.
Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands also stars Edward Speleers (Downton Abbey), David Ajala (Black Box), Ellora Torchia (Indian Summers), Gisli Orn Gardarsson (Spooks and Spirits) Laura Donnelly (Outlander), Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons), Ian Puleston-Davies (Coronation Street), David Harewood (Homeland), Joe Sims (Broadchurch), Lee Boardman (The Interceptor), David Bradley (Broadchurch), Ace Bhatti (The Shadow Line), Gregory Fitoussi (Mr Selfridge), Susan Aderin (The Last Detective), Kirsty Oswald (Ripper Street), Edward Hogg (Indian Summers), Alex Price (Father Brown), Jack Rowan (Silent Witness) and Itoya Osagiede (Okora: The Prelude).
Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands is a series about courage, greed, betrayal, revenge, loyalty, power, man versus wilderness and, of course, love. It is a series that explores the notion of good and evil, heroes and villains. However, beyond these wider political undercurrents and inner personal turmoils are the excitement, danger and sense of adventure of any great Western.  Epic fights, thrilling chases, raids, celebrations and battles are an essential part of the promise.
Episode 12
The battle of all battles falls upon the peoples of Herot. Weapons forged, loyal and armed, men, women and children brace themselves to wage a brutal attack with Beowulf (Kieran Bew) helming their defence. 
Having bought some time holding the Wulfing Raiders and Abrecan’s (Elliott Cowan) army back at the Draca Bridge, Slean (Ed Speleers) awaits the troops from the Alliance to arrive, but when only a few, bedraggled Banning warriors arrive in Herot for the epic fight, it becomes clear that Slean’s efforts may have been in vain…
Nevertheless, the people of Herot band together and face the impending doom head on with valiant honour. 
Along the way, secrets are revealed, new loyalties and friendships forged; whilst others are irrevocable shattered, and some of our characters make the ultimate sacrifice…