Dark Ages. Image shows from L to R: Agnes (Pauline McLynn), Arland (Jason Byrne), Matilda (Sheridan Smith), Gudrun (Phill Jupitus). Copyright: Granada Productions.

Dark Ages

ITV sitcom about the first Millennium. 5 episodes (1 series) in 1999. Stars Phill Jupitus, Dave Lamb, Paul Putner, Mike Hayley and others.

Dark Ages. Agnes (Pauline McLynn). Copyright: Granada Productions.

Dark Ages

It's AD 999, the turn of a new Millennium, and the villagers of Sludgwicke are living in filth. The life of Thane Redwald is really no better

5   (1 series)
Merle Nygate
Phill Jupitus, Dave Lamb, Paul Putner, Mike Hayley, Alistair McGowan, Pauline McLynn, Sheridan Smith, Laurence Howarth and Jason Byrne
Rob Grant
Steve Bendelack
Justin Judd

It is AD 999. A new Millennium approaches the peoples of Britain, and no one is quite sure what it may hold.

When Thane Redwald falls in love with the beautiful daughter of a local stone mason, the hapless Gudrun finds himself promoted to a position of responsibility. A position that he neither wants, nor is suited to.

As the country faces Viking invasion, Gudrun is ordered by Redwald to raise armies, and construct great celebrational buildings for the local Earl. But despite the money from his new position allowing him to purchase a slave of his own, Gudrun merely wishes to keep his head down, share some drinks with his dimwitted friends, and look after his beloved cow, Dolly.

Production Details

Production company
Music composed and arranged by Joby Talbot.
Laugh track
Yes, but type unknown

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 20th December 1999 on ITV at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 27th December 1999 on ITV at 10:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes

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