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Old 03-03-13, 12:17 PM   #1
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Vikings - History Wednesday

I searched for a thread about this show and couldn't find one. Anyone else gonna be watching the premiere of this show tonight?


TV's new drama 'Vikings' sheds light on Dark Ages

ASHFORD, Ireland (AP) If historical fiction guru Michael Hirst has his way, a legendary Viking raider named Ragnar soon will conquer North America on behalf of the History channel.

History's ambitious Dark Ages drama "Vikings," debuting Sunday after five months of filming in Ireland, dramatizes the myth-cloaked story of Ragnar Lothbrok, leader of a Viking people typically depicted as horn-helmeted brutes.

Here's one pointed clue that "Vikings" aims to smash a few stereotypes along with English skulls: There's not a horned head in sight because real Vikings never actually wore them.

This lavishly produced nine-parter, the biggest production ever commissioned by History with a reported budget of $40 million, seeks to get viewers rooting for the Norsemen even as they butcher defenseless Christians and loot their way through Europe. With a cast including Gabriel Byrne, the series debuts on History Sunday at 10 p.m. EST after another big History miniseries, "The Bible."

"It's always been in the background of my mind to do a Viking project," said Hirst, whose reputation as a master of history-based drama has grown from his days as screenwriter of 1998's film "Elizabeth" to his creation of the 2007-10 Showtime series "The Tudors" about the life, times and ill-fated brides of Henry VIII.

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"Vikings" employs much of the same Irish talent pool that crafted "The Tudors," including production designer Tom Conroy and costume designer Joan Bergin, both Emmy winners for their "Tudors" creativity. It's the first production to use Ireland's brand-new Ashford Studios, where Conroy oversaw the construction of a Norse temple to the gods of Odin, Thor and Loki using design ideas distilled from trips to Scandinavian archaeology museums.

On the nearby shores of Lough Tay, the filmmakers set the actors loose on a 56-foot reconstruction of a dragon-headed Viking longboat. Wicklow's relatively gentle, sloping hills did have to be manipulated with CGI technology into cliff-faced, snow-capped fjords. But other scenes of Irish rural beauty, such as the Powerscourt waterfall, feature prominently without alteration.

MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_2792271.html

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Re: Vikings on History Channel

A while back the series "Barbarians" was on. It turned out to be mostly, or more than I prefer, battle re-enactments and information. So far this sounds like more of the culture will be included in this Vikings series. I'm going to give it a watch if I can stay awake. :eyerolls:
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I am getting a GOT feel from this. Where is Mrs. Maturin?
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Post this in the Richard III thread. I'm sure he must have encountered/dominated/succombed to them at one point
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See, this is another show that makes me wish I actually had a working tv (and cable or other service). Instead, I'll have to live vicariously.
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You had me at "as they butcher defenseless Christians".
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There's a Skaaaaarrrrrrsgard in the cast as well.
Good music and exciting clips. Hope it lives up to its trailers.
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We need a tv show about pirates too now.
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So....????? anyone watched? was it good?
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