There were hopes that Beowulf would be British television's Game of Thrones. That didn't happen, but this season - the first and last - is worth seeing for the timeless themes and the stellar cast. Based on the old epic poem, the tale has been given new characters and storylines. With Kieran Bew (Alien vs. Predator) as the Dark Ages warrior, William Hurt (A History of Violence), Ed Speelers (Wolf Hall), and Joanne Whalley (The Borgias). 12 episodes, 13 hrs, 4 DVDs or Blu-ray discs, SDH.