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0120180528

Kate Phillips returns as Icelandic heroine Gudrun in Lucy Catherine's Viking epic.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas

Gudrun, a young woman from 11th century Iceland, forges her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Gudrun has risked everything to save her daughter, Sigrid, only to be double-crossed by her supposed ally, King Sweyn of Denmark. Knowing he's made a powerful enemy he plans to get rid of her.

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins

Iceland is now an occupied country, its people forced to convert to Christianity by the ruthless King of Norway, Olaf Trygvasson. The last series saw Gudrun attempt to overthrow the regime and rescue her daughter who is being brought up in the new faith, by entering into an uneasy alliance with Olaf's rival King Sweyn of Denmark. Their scheming saw Olaf meet a bloody end but instead of supporting Gudrun's campaign to return to Iceland Sweyn double-crossed her. Now, alone and in shackles, Gudrun awaits her fate.

Despite the warmongering and bloodshed Gudrun is a story of family and a mother's love. An avenging angel forged from violence, she continues to try and lead a good life in a man's world. She longs for the freedom to make her own rules.

Gudrun is under the protection of Freija, the Norse Goddess of love and war. Freija's voice cries out for a new kind of leadership. She can sometimes be as slippery a customer as her protégée - is she really on Gudrun's side or does she have an agenda of her own?

The show is inspired by the famous Laxdaela Saga featuring the original Nordic Noir heroine, Guðrún Ósvífursdóttir. There is speculation that the saga was written by a woman. Gudrun has the same steely determination and in some cases the almost psychopathic single-mindedness of her successors, Lisbeth Salander and Saga Noren, not to mention the ability to scheme, manipulate and bend others to her will in the manner of Borgen's wily politician Birgitte Nyborg.

Kate Phillips reprises the role of Gudrun. Previous roles include Jane Seymour in Wolf Hall, Linda in Peaky Blinders and Lise in War and Peace, all on BBC1.

And a new series of Gudrun returns in November.

0220180529

Gudrun saves the slave captain's life, and he starts to believe she has magical powers.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

0320180530

Gudrun finds the stakes are high when she engages in a game of dice.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun and fellow slave, Marlas, grow closer as they talk of escape. Meanwhile the slave ship enters the waters of King Vladimir of Rus and Gudrun finds the stakes are high when she engages in a game of dice.

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

0420180531

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith. The ship has a new captain.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

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Ragnarok approaches, and Gudrun hopes this battle will see her reunited with her daughter.

0520180601

Delirious from his injury, Grim's religious convictions threaten to get out of control.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

0620180604

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic continues. Gudrun and Marlas arrive in Constantinople.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun and Marlas finally arrive in Constantinople and meet Marlas' influential friends. Gudrun allows herself to hope once more that a return to Iceland to rescue her daughter will become a reality. Marlas shows her round the city he loves. She's impressed by its ordered grandeur but there's talk of religious unrest on the streets.

Gudrun....Kate Phillips
Freija....Samantha Dakin
Marlas....Amir El-Masry
Demetrious....Ryan Whittle
Bishop Arascius....Sean Murray
Alexandra....Lauren Cornelius
Nonna....Kerry Gooderson

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

0720180605

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic continues. Gudrun uncovers an assassination plot.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Marlas gets sucked back into the intrigues of his former life leaving Gudrun to explore Constantinople alone. She befriends a fellow Icelander who is a member of the elite Varangian Guard.

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

0820180606

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic continues. Gudrun grows tired of the plots and intrigue.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Marlas gets sucked back into the intrigues of his former life leaving Gudrun to explore Constantinople alone. She befriends a fellow Icelander who is a member of the elite Varangian Guard.

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

0920180607

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith. Gudrun plots an abduction.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

1020180608

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith. Gudrun waits for Marlas.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun waits anxiously for Marlas to return. Will he be able to stop the wedding in time?

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins

And there's a new series of Gudrun in November when she returns to Iceland to rescue her daughter.