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Kate Phillips returns as Icelandic heroine Gudrun in Lucy Catherine's Viking epic. Left reeling from the part she played in her lover's death Gudrun plans to win back her husband.

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

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, forges her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Left reeling from the part she played in her lover's death she's determined to rebuild her family and win back the trust of her husband.

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins

The first series ended with the death of Gudrun's lover, Kjartan, killed by his best friend and brother, Bolli. Bolli is married to Gudrun. He suspects his wife was behind the blood feud that led to Kjartan's death. Kjartan married into Norwegian royalty and when his wife returns to Iceland with plans to convert the country to Christianity it becomes clear her motives are far from pious.

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

Suspicious of how power and ambition are wielded by men Gudrun's left feeling increasingly isolated. She longs for the freedom to live her life according to her own rules, beholden to no-one.

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 returns as Gudrun. Previous roles include Jane Seymour in Wolf Hall, Linda in Peaky Blinders and Lise in War & Peace, all on BBC1.

And Gudrun returns for a third series in December.

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Mon 2 Oct 2017 19:45

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Role Contributor
Gudrun Kate Phillips
Freija Samantha Dakin
Bolli Gavi Singh Chera
Sigrid Rosie Boore
Olaf Philip Fox
Hrefna Kerry Gooderson
Gaddja Kerry Gooderson
Hallbjorn Finlay Robertson
Director Gemma Jenkins
Producer Gemma Jenkins
Writer Lucy Catherine


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