Competition: Win Tickets To ‘The Vikings: Season 1’ Release Launch at The British Museum on Tuesday 4 February, 2014



Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on 3 February 2014

Journey to a thrilling ancient world in this epic new series focusing on history’s bravest and fearsome warriors, the Vikings. An intriguing, ritualistic civilisation is brought to life as VIKINGS debuts on Blu-ray and DVD on 3 February from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment in this electrifying drama, sketching the lives of Viking families and the bloody path of warfare.

Created by Michael Hirst (ElizabethThe Tudors) and starring Travis Fimmel (The Baytown Outlaws),Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, Ghost Ship), Katheryn Winnick (50 First Dates, Two Weeks Notice) and George Blagden (Wrath of the Titans, Les Misérables), Vikings tells the gripping story of Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), a fierce Viking warrior, who yearns to fulfil his destiny as an explorer and conqueror, alongside his ambitious brother Rollo (Clive Standen) and loyal wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick).  As Ragnar leads daring raids in distant realms across the ocean, treacherous forces in his Norse homeland conspire against him. Faced with shocking betrayals and the temptations of a mysterious seductress, Ragnar must wage war on the battlefield – and within himself – to protect his freedom, family and life.

Dating back to a time of mysticism, religious oaths and ancient pacts, Hirst’s series combines an enthralling story of warriors with the realities of Norse history. VIKINGS is also a story of family and brotherhood, capturing the love and affection between Ragnar and his wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a respected warrior in her own right. It is the tale of Ragnar’s brother Rollo (Clive Standen), a fierce fighter who simmers with jealously; of Earl Haraldson’s wife Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), a dutiful beauty who may be less than loyal; and of the monk Athelstan (George Blagden), whose Christian morals clash with the Vikings’ pagan society.

 VIKINGS is packed with fascinating featurettes offering a closer look at the culture of these Norse warriors including the history, legacy and armoury, as well as a captivating behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the series and its epic battle scenes. In addition, VIKINGS boasts deleted scenes and a running commentary of Rites of Passage (Episode One) from series creator Michael Hirst.


Vikings releases on Blu-ray and DVD on 3 February 2014, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment



Release Date: 3 February 2014

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To celebrate the release of Vikings Season 1 on Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on February 3rd, we’re giving away three pairs of tickets to the LAUNCH OF VIKINGS SEASON 1 ON BLU-RAY AND DVD with creator and writer Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors) and cast member George Blagden (Les Misérables, Wrath of the Titans).

The exciting launch, which will screen episode 1 and 2 of Vikings followed by a Q&A with Michael Hirst and George Blagden, will be at the illustrious British Museum on the evening of February 4 ahead of its first major exhibition on Vikings for over 30 years in March.


Tuesday 4 February 2014:

6:30pm: Pre-Drinks Reception in The Clore Centre at The British Museum, WC1B 3DG

      7:00pm Screening of Episodes 1 & 2

8:30pm – Q&A with creator Michael Hirst and cast member George Blagden


To enter, fill out the following form with ‘VIKINGS’ in the subject line, including your full name, address, contact number and Twitter username.

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Competition closes on Sunday 2nd February, 2014

Winners will be notified by phone / email

Best of luck!



– The competition is open to UK residents only.

– You must be at least 18 years old to attend the event due to graphic scenes in Vikings. Identification may required as proof of age.

– The winner(s) will be drawn at random from all the correct entries, and only they will be contacted personally. Prize must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. There will be no cash alternatives.

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– The Arts Shelf reserves the right to cancel the competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.

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