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Series 5-7 of the Viking epic of love, revenge and faith set in 11th-century Iceland.

Born into a world of otherworldly beauty yet unforgiving harshness, Icelandic heroine Gudrun must fight to forge an independent path and live according to her own rules. A tenacious survivor, she has endured much pain in her young life, from widowhood to the death of her lover, the burning of her family home, separation from her beloved daughter, Sigrid, and being cut adrift from her homeland.

Now, after many years away, Gudrun sails once more into Icelandic waters, with a plan to rescue her daughter who is being brought up in the new Christian faith. But her return to the Sacred Land is not the homecoming she had hoped for, and she soon finds herself exiled again and heading for the New World, with all its new possibilities and new dangers.

Meanwhile, Sigrid arrives in England to marry a man she has never met. Struggling to understand this strange new land of Saxons and Danes, she must keep her darkest secret well-hidden if she is to survive....

Written by Lucy Catherine and inspired by the famous Icelandic Laxdæla saga, this epic tale of love, revenge and faith stars Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders, War and Peace) as Gudrun, with Rosie Boore and Hollie Burgess as Sigrid.

Written by Lucy Catherine.

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko and Jessica Dromgoole.


Gudrun - Kate Phillips

Freija - Samantha Dakin

Dag - Cameron Percival/Joseph Ayres

Sylvia - Carolyn Pickles/Susan Jameson

Volva - Carolyn Pickles

Aoife - Lucy Doyle

Hakon/Guard 2/Priest/King Sweyn - Michael Bertenshaw

Bolli/Guard 1 - Lewis Bray

Aslak - Tony Turner

Sigrid - Rosie Boore/Hollie Burgess

Leif - Don Gilet/Chris Pavlo

Warrior - Don Gilet

Frederick - Simon Scardifield

Heidr - Jeannette Percival/Helen Clapp

Kjartan - Luke MacGregor/Ian Dunnett Jnr

The Virgin - Marilyn Nnadebe

Sailors - Chris Harper and Joseph Ayre

Gorm - David Hounslow

Canute - Aaron Gelkoff

Gunnar - Chris Pavlo

Panuk - Kenny Blyth

Saxon - Joseph Ayre

Vali/Dane - Chris Harper

Tofa - Debbie Korley

Jesus - Paul Hilton

Truda - Charlotte East

Monk/Servant - Ian Dunnett Jnr

Tobias - Hasan Dixon

Abbot Bettega/John Crescentius/Pope - Roger Ringrose

Nun - Emma Handy

Woman/Garvinicus - Jane Whittenshaw

Soldiers - Ian Dunnett Jnr and Hasan Dixon

Jesson at 7 - Harry Clarke 

First broadcast BBC Radio 4: 3-14 December 2018 (Series 5), 20-31 May 2019 (Series 6), 1-12 March 2021 (Series 7)

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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  • Amazon Kundin
  • 23-04-21

sorry rather boring

Series 1 to 4 were so brilliant, and so I was looking forward to this last part...but I was disappointed as the story is rather poor and boring, forced myself to listen to the end...its a pity

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  • Annette S
  • 18-04-21

Enjoyed it

Loved it. Wanted to find out what happened to Gudrun. Interesting story line. Easy to listen to