Sunday, February 17, 2013

HOLLYWOOD SPY EXCLUSIVE SPOTLIGHT ON HISTORY CHANNEL'S "VIKINGS" EPIC SERIES WITH TRAVIS FIMMEL, CLIVE STANDEN, GABRIEL BYRNE, GEORGE BLAGDEN! NEW PHOTOS AND NEW TRAILERS!

Are you excited to finally see History Channel's first ever scripted series VIKINGS which starts its life on the small screens March 3rd? The channel has released the first poster for the series and also a number of clips. You can see three of them below! The intricate designs that you can see on the poster, next to Travis Fimmel's head, ornamenting the metal letter V actually have a meaning: from top to bottom they represent craftsmanship and technological advances, brotherhood and unbreakable bonds, and finally growth and life.

VIKING STORY
The exciting new historical show from legendary Michael Hirst, with a rather realistic look, will, in nine episodes and with the budget of about E30 million, follow Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) while he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. Ragnar Lothbrok is an adventurous farmer who discovers a new navigation technique that will change everything. He believes it will enable Norse ships to sail west safely to find out if the tales of a rich land called England are true. He becomes frustrated when his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), forbids his raiders to go west because he wrongly believes nothing is there. Ragnar's  conflict with the Earl fuels much of the early part of the series, which begins with Ragnar and his brother, Rollo (Clive Standen), finishing off a group of Saxon soldiers at the end of an epic battle. Rollo is Ragnar’s cousin and initially one of his closest friends, involved in his early raids. But soon becomes jealous of his fame and success. Joining Fimmel, Byrne and Standen are Gustaf Skarsgard as Floki, Ragnar's friend and an impish character and ship builder who designs and builds the prototype of the new generation of Viking ships which can sail across the open ocean but also up the shallowest of rivers. He is a design genius and he allows Ragnar to fulfil his dreams of sailing west and discovering new lands and new civilizations. Katheryn Winnick appears as Lagertha, a warrior woman and Ragnar's fearless wife, Jessalyn Gilsig as Siggy, Earl Haraldson's duplicitous wife who performs her duties impeccably and with style, but she may not be completely loyal to her husband, and George Blagden as Athelstan, a young, innocent Christian monk captured by Ragnar on his first raid on England. Irish actor Eric Higgins ("The Tudors") plays warrior Knut and Gerard McCarthy ("The Fall") is Bronsted. The costumes were done by amazing Joan Bergin who made costumes in THE TUDORS and CAMELOT.

VIKING TIDBITS
 Unlike past movies and dramas that caricatured them as barbarians VIKINGS will not look at Viking culture from the outside, but from within the heart of Viking society. It will be a series high on adventure, exploration, conflict, warfare and bloodshed — for these were extreme times — but, at its heart, it will also be a family saga. The show will boast a polished, stylized look that pushes the boundaries of television drama. Imaginatively choreographed battles will emphasize individual points of  view, strategies and ruses rather than mindless, graphic slaughter. Fast-paced battle sequences will be balanced against the astonishing beauty of the fjords and Viking longboats, works of art on a bloody canvas.

22 comments:

  1. I think this series is going very well walk, for the moment what to report history attracts many viewers
    Cheers

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    1. Yep, historical shows are becoming the best selling ones and, unlike most other shows, they are aired in almost all countries around the world.

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  2. This will be hopefully be one of the better shows out there this year!

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    1. Fingers crossed. My hopes are on DA VINCI'S DEMONS and ATLANTIS, and then on VIKINGS too!

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  3. LOVE it. And I will have a post coming up on Wednesday highlighting some Vikings too. :))

    Alas, I do not have the History channel, so I'll have to get creative about watching this, but it does look exciting.

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    1. Really? Can't wait :)
      I do have History Channel but I don't know if they will air it worldwide or only in USA.

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  4. Looks good! I hope History Channel in Canada airs it. But this isn't really History Channel's first scripted series -- didn't History Channel also film the award-winning Hatfields and McCoys saga?

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    1. Fingers crossed, Debs. They are marketing this one as their first scripted series, so there probably is some kind of explanation.

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  5. Netflix carries The History Channel shows, so eventually I'll get to see it. I see they have managed to put some spice into the story too. Hey it got cold there in Viking Land, they had to be shagging a lot :)

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    1. shagging in the snow and during polar nights could be a refreshing pastime, dahlink :) We should get us a Viking and try it :)

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  6. Vikings? Well, I guess I should give it credit for being a slightly new and different idea?

    Are they the ones that worship Thor and what not?

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  7. This show is going to rock! I so cannot wait to see it. And such gorgeous looking men in here. Yow! Awesome spotlight, sweetie. :)

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    1. Clive Standen is my fave among them, he is such a lovely man, and so very nice over at Twitter. He retweeted us a couple of times.

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  8. Game of Thrones, Vikings, Da Vinci's Demons... In that order for me! I also FINALLY saw World Without End on Netflix and it blew me away... I thought that Blake Ritson stole the show. I've got my eye on him and I can't wait to see him in Da Vinci's Demons. Move over Sean Bean I might have a new man crush... Wife allows me one;)

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    1. Yep, I adore Blake too! If you remember back when I was promoting WORLD WITHOUT END last year here at the SPY, I always praised him a lot. It seems that from all the cast members of WWE him and Oliver Jackson Cohen scored most success since both have new epic shows ahead of them. Well, deserved!
      Blake's character was nice too, we don't often see rulers depicted in a more positive light on the big screen. The only thing I didn't understand was the end, I don't get it why he and his father had to duel against one another? His mother was the evil seed.

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