This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of Beowulf Series 2 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. Unfortunately, ITV has officially canceled the series. There will be no Series 2.
Series info and plot
Beowulf is a new British fantasy and adventure television series airing on ITV in the UK since January 3, 2016. The US premiere will take place on January 23, 2016. The series is created by James Dormer on the foundation of the Old English epic poem Beowulf, with re-imagined characters and an altered storyline. Some new characters and plot twists are also introduced. The program is produced by ITV Studios and consists of thirteen one-hour episodes. James Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman serve as executive producers.
Reviews and potential renewal
Apparently, ITV has invested much hope into the series along with the 17 million GBP (Beowulf is one of the most expensive ITV projects ever), since the cast has been signed on with a five series contract. The first episode was simply mauled by critics, and has received mixed reviews from the viewers in the social media. Television critics have issues with the lack of character in the series` lead (Kieran Bew), the unsophisticated special effects, and the often pompous dialogue. Series like Beowulf usually take a bit of time to grow on the audience and disclose its full potential, so the show might turn out a winner despite the early-season disappointment for some. The premiere episode drew 2.6 million viewers to the screen, which is more than an 11% share of the pre-watershed audience, an average number for this time slot. Will the series blossom into something more watchable than now? It has a chance, and it certainly shouldn`t be judged by the Game of Thrones standards, since it targets a younger audience and is suitable for family viewing.
UPDATED April 14, 2016: Beowulf, ITV`s fantasy drama series loosely based on the Old English epic poem, has been canceled by the network after the first series. Rumors of cancelation have already been out since February, when the series finale figure of 1.4 million was in. The ratings ultimately failed to satisfy the channel`s expectations, since the concluding episode attracted just over a half of the audience of the premiere episode.