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Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands 

Beowulf returns to his homeland of Herot in the Shieldlands to pay his respects to deceased king Hrothgar (William Hurt). But past jealousies mean Beowulf gets a frosty welcome, especially ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
Kieran Bew ...  Beowulf 12 episodes, 2016
Joanne Whalley ...  Rheda 12 episodes, 2016
Ed Speleers ...  Slean 12 episodes, 2016
Laura Donnelly ...  Elvina 12 episodes, 2016
Gísli Örn Garðarsson ...  Breca 12 episodes, 2016
Jack Rowan ...  Brinni / ... 12 episodes, 2016
Elliot Cowan ...  Abrecan 12 episodes, 2016
Edward Hogg ...  Varr 12 episodes, 2016
Ellora Torchia ...  Vishka 12 episodes, 2016
Lolita Chakrabarti ...  Lila 11 episodes, 2016
Jacob Moller-Andersen Jacob Moller-Andersen ...  Wulfing Warrior 10 episodes, 2016
Graham Saxon Graham Saxon ...  Huskala 10 episodes, 2016
Alan Billingham Alan Billingham ...  Herot Villager 9 episodes, 2016
Holly Earl ...  Kela 8 episodes, 2016
Lee Boardman ...  Hane 7 episodes, 2016
Susan Aderin Susan Aderin ...  Kendra 7 episodes, 2016
Sarah MacRae Sarah MacRae ...  Saray 6 episodes, 2016
William Hurt ...  Hrothgar 5 episodes, 2016
Ian Puleston-Davies ...  Lagrathorn 5 episodes, 2016
Liam Ainsworth Liam Ainsworth ...  Draven 5 episodes, 2016
Allison McKenzie Allison McKenzie ...  Arla 5 episodes, 2016
David Ajala ...  Rate 5 episodes, 2016
Ashley Thomas ...  Gil 5 episodes, 2016


Beowulf returns to his homeland of Herot in the Shieldlands to pay his respects to deceased king Hrothgar (William Hurt). But past jealousies mean Beowulf gets a frosty welcome, especially from Hrothgar's wife, Rheda (Joanne Whalley), and son, Slean (Ed Speelers). Written by Anon

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Pt 2 of this mini series was filmed along Hadrian's wall in Northumberland, with note filmed by the sycamore gap which has been used in other films. See more »

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Shadowed by Game of Thrones...but what isn't?
23 February 2016 | by c-howard84See all my reviews

I first turned Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands on by mistake and quickly realized that this show could be an interesting watch. I have been pleasantly surprised and at times, I have only been mildly disappointed.

If you enjoy fantasy story telling, decent sword fight choreography, and minor attempts at comedy then give it a try. I don't think you will be too disappointed.

BUT...For the people who are easily dissuaded by mid talent acting and a bit of copy cat antics then I feel you will not enjoy watching it.

A lot of people are bashing it because it is trying too hard to be Game of Thrones. The title sequence is a direct copycat and really takes away from the show. Once people see and hear it they immediately get turned off and want nothing to do with it. There are small inadequacies that push the viewer to eye rolling but most of them can be overlooked. The story isn't the strongest but you can't compare it to GoT, that is unfair. If you compare ANYTHING to GoT it would be unfair.

If I was allowed to change ONE thing only...I would take away the title sequence and replace it with something individual. I believe wholeheartedly that it's a huge issue for people and will cause the show to lose some major viewers.

Don't give up on it after the first episode. It takes a little time to get rolling. It's really not a bad watch at all. Give it a try.

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