Lights, camera, action in village for big TV series

A base for the film unit has been set up at Scots Gap.
A base for the film unit has been set up at Scots Gap.

A team of actors and crew has been filming scenes for a major ITV drama in a rural Northumberland village.

The epic poem Beowulf is being made into a 13-part series and Hartburn was among the locations chosen to represent its Scandinavian setting.

Shooting for the programme took place in the village on Tuesday and yesterday. Sets were installed by the riverside and the ITV Studios production vehicles were parked up in the Scots Gap Mart car park.

As a result, the road between Hartburn and Scots Gap was closed.

Hartburn resident Ernie Coe said: “I’ve been told by a resident that the set included some impressive statue pieces which were about 20ft high

“We were notified well in advance about the filming and the production company has been very organised.

“Residents have been able to get access to their homes and services when they’ve needed to and I haven’t heard of there being any problems with the crew being here.”

The drama series is set in the mythical Shieldlands – a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures.

Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons, The Bletchley Circle) has been cast to play the lead role of Beowulf.

He will star alongside multi award-winning actor William Hurt, who will play Hrothgar, and acclaimed actress Joanne Whalley, who takes on the role of Rheda.