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Warriors, warfare and wenches; Saxons and Vikings clash in this thrilling new drama about the birth of a unified England; The Big SHOW.

Gory battle scenes, ill-treated wenches and fur-clad warriors with shaggy hair... Many elements of this new big-budget historical drama will be familiar to Game Of Thrones fans. But this bloody eight-part series is set not in a fantasyland, but in Saxon England. And there's a lot less nudity!

Based on the bestselling books by Bernard Cornwell, the story follows our hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg (Alexander Dreymon), who we first meet as a boy (inset) in the year 872. Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he's orphaned by the Vikings and then kidnapped and raised as one of their own. As the with , d story - which combines real historical figures and events with fictional characters - evolves, Uhtred is forced to choose sides between the country of his birth and the people who raised him.

"Uhtred has the potential to be a leader and grows into this role," explains Alexander, 32. "But he lost his birth family as a boy and then loses his adopted family as a young adult. It's difficult to find his identity within these two worlds."

The series was shot on location in Hungary and Alexander had a great time filming the many fight scenes.

"The battles were so much fun," he says. "Galloping over the big open plains was so freeing."

"The battles were so much fun - galloping over the big open plains was so freeing" o

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HUNKY HERO: Alexander Dreymon with Emily Cox

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 17, 2015
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