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Michael Wood on Beowulf

Focusing on Beowulf and drawing on other Anglo-Saxon classics, Michael Wood, with the help of Seamus Heaney and others, traces the birth of English poetry back to the Dark Ages.

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.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 17 Sep 2013 23:00

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

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