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Duration: 1 hour

Historian Michael Wood returns to his first great love, the Anglo-Saxon world, to reveal the origins of our literary heritage. Focusing on Beowulf and drawing on other Anglo-Saxon classics, he traces the birth of English poetry back to the Dark Ages.

Travelling across the British Isles from East Anglia to Scotland and with the help of Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, actor Julian Glover, local historians and enthusiasts, he brings the story and language of this iconic poem to life.

Last on

Tue 17 Sep 2013 23:00 BBC Four

  • Norman Season

    Norman Season

    This programme is part of Norman Season on BBC Two and BBC Four, a collection of programmes highlighting the effect that the Normans have had on our civilisation.

    Go to the Norman Season site

Credits

Presenter
Michael Wood
Participant
Seamus Heaney
Participant
Julian Glover
Producer
Arif Nurmohamed
Executive Producer
Eamon Hardy

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