ITV is going into battle with a new adaptation of the classic story of Beowulf.
The 13-part drama is described as an epic re-imagining of the tale, set in the mythical Shieldlands, a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures.
In the first episode, Beowulf who, after spending many years wandering as a mercenary warrior, returns to Herot to pay his respects to the recently deceased Thane, Hrothgar – the man who raised him. But when Herot is attacked by the terrifying monster Grendl, Beowulf has no choice but to hunt it down, winning favour with Herot’s new female Thane, and the wider community, in the process.
Created by James Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman, it is produced by ITV Studios. Dormer, Haines and Newman all executive produce.
Stephen Smallwood will produce on location in County Durham and Northumberland.
Filming will begin in April 2015 for transmission on ITV.