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Beowulf poem to be turned into ITV drama

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13-part series set in Britain’s mythic past will deliver ‘epic fights, thrilling chases, celebrations and battles’, promises broadcaster

The epic poem Beowulf is to be made into a 13-part drama by ITV.

Described as a western set in the dark ages of Britain’s mythic past, the series will use locations in County Durham and Northumbria to represent the poem’s Scandinavian setting, and will deliver “epic fights, thrilling chases, raids, celebrations and battles”, following the eponymous hero’s battles with a monster and a dragon, adds to a burgeoning fantasy roster that includes Jekyll and Hyde and a Frankenstein series starring Sean Bean.

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