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BEOWULF comes to life on Esquire Network

Written by Ken Murdock

Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands premieres on the Esquire Network Saturday January 23rd 2016 at 10pm ET/PT thanks to NBC Universal.

Based on the legendary English poem over a thousand years old, Beowulf tells the story of a disillusioned and damaged hero. The 13-episode, one hour drama will chronicle Beowulf’s return to his home Herot, to make peace with his past. Unwittingly in search of a cause to believe in and a community to fight for, Beowulf finds himself wrongly accused of murder and hunts down the true perpetrator to avenge the death of his fellow kinsmen.  Beowulf becomes Herot’s tough but unconventional hero, responsible for upholding the law and protecting the town from danger. The last of a dying breed, Beowulf is a man capable of shaping the world around him by his actions and force of will.  While this may seem like a familiar tale, Beowulf unearths the full story of the complicated, driven man behind the lore.  The series stars Kieran Bew (“Da Vinci’s Demons”) as Beowulf; multi-award-winning actor William Hurt (“Damages”) as Hrothgar; acclaimed actress Joanne Whalley (“Wolf Hall”) as Rheda; Ed Speleers (“Downton Abbey”) as  Slean, Laura Donnelly (“Outlander”) as Elvina and David Ajala (“Fast & Furious 6”) as Rate. “Beowulf” is produced by ITV Studios with Tim Haines and Katie Newman serving as Executive Producers along with James Dormer (“Strike Back”), who writes the series.

The teasers look great. This show is shot with the epic scale it deserves. Gorgeous landscape that takes you immediately into the mythology behind the story. Really cool looking set design will submerge the audience into their world. The costuming looks authentic and will most likely spark some cosplay in the comic con community. The writing looks strong and I do love seeing strongly written women. Gonna be watching this show and hoping it’s as kick ass as it looks. I did not like the movie version with Angelina Jolie and I think a series is a better way to tell this story.


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