Bamburgh beach next in the spotlight of national television drama

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm.
One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm.

Bamburgh beach is the latest north Northumberland venue to be given exposure in a major TV drama.

It follows hard on the heels of Alnwick Castle, which took a starring role in yesterday's Christmas Day special and last edition of Downton Abbey.

The popular and iconic coastline at Bamburgh was used to film the opening sequences of Beowulf: Return to Shieldlands, which airs on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm, the first part of a 13-episode series.

The dramatic opening sees the young Beowulf and his father attacked by ogre-like monsters. It can be viewed ahead of the screening on the ITV Hub for the next two days only.

Readers may remember the crews filming at Bamburgh back in April, when horses were seen galloping along the beach, tracked by camera cars as our video taken at the time shows.

Hartburn and Scots Gap were also among the locations chosen to represent the Scandinavian setting of the epic poem.

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm. The skyline has been altered somewhat!

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm. The skyline has been altered somewhat!

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm.

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm.

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm.

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm.

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm.

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm.

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm.

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm.

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm.

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm.

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm.

One of the opening scenes in Beowulf on ITV on Sunday, January 3, at 7pm.

Filming of Beowulf on Bamburgh beach in April. Picture by Jane Coltman

Filming of Beowulf on Bamburgh beach in April. Picture by Jane Coltman