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The Vikings Are Back

LONDON, January 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

- SECOND SEASON OF U.S. CABLE SERIES TO AIR EXCLUSIVELY ON LOVEFiLM -

- NEW EPISODES AVAILABLE DAY AFTER U.S. BROADCAST -

Amazon's LOVEFiLM and MGM Television (MGM) have today announced that the highly anticipated second season of last year's critically-acclaimed Norse epic "VIKINGS" will air exclusively on LOVEFiLM in the UK.

Premiering on 28th February 2014, each new weekly installment in the 10-episode series will be available to stream the day after it broadcasts in the U.S. in full high definition, allowing LOVEFiLM members to keep up with the Viking horde as the season progresses.

Starring Travis Fimmel (star of the upcoming film "Warcraft"), Katheryn Winnick ("Love and Other Drugs", "Bones") and Clive Standen ("Hammer of the Gods", "Camelot"), "VIKINGS" season two sees the notorious Norse warrior Ragnar Lothbrok (Fimmel) use his new position as Earl to continue to plunder, pillage and explore new kingdoms with his band of fearless warriors.

Now allied with Donal Logue's ("Sons of Anarchy", "Grounded for Life") King Horrik, Ragnar is more powerful than ever. However, this newfound power comes at great cost - the betrayal of his vicious brother Rollo (Standen), the deterioration of his marriage to the fearless shield-maiden Lagertha (Winnick), and the scorn of his bold warrior son, Bjorn, played by newcomer Alexander Ludwig ("The Hunger Games").

Created and written once again by Michael Hirst - one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award® winning film "Elizabeth" and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series "The Tudors") - "VIKINGS" season two is a tale of faith, power and relationships in which plots are hatched, scores are settled and blood is spilled. 

Hirst serves as Executive Producer along with Morgan O'Sullivan of World 2000 ("The Count of Monte Cristo", "The Tudors"), John Weber of Take 5 Productions ("The Tudors", "The Borgias"), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn ("The Tudors", "The Borgias") and Sheila Hockin ("The Tudors", "The Borgias"). MGM Television serves as the international distributor in all markets outside of the U.S., Ireland and Canada. HISTORY broadcasts 'VIKINGS' in the U.S. Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs are the Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY.

Chris Bird, Director, Film Strategy at LOVEFiLM, said:

"'VIKINGS' has been a huge hit with our members and received incredible feedback, so we're thrilled to start 2014 with a bang by bringing the horde back to British screens in the eagerly anticipated second season. With Michael Hirst at the helm the 'VIKINGS' storyline contains something for everyone - love, conflict, revenge, adventure and of course epic battle scenes worthy of Viking folklore."

Chris Ottinger, President International Television Distribution & Acquisitions, MGM, adds:

"MGM is thrilled about 'VIKINGS'' global success, with the series viewed in almost every market in the world. It is truly gratifying that audiences around the globe connected deeply with the incredible performances and storytelling from this stellar cast of talented artists. We are excited to further our relationship with LOVEFiLM to bring the highly-anticipated second season of 'VIKINGS' to their subscribers in 2014, and offering the opportunity to stream the latest episodes within 24 hours of the U.S. airdate, watching every epic battle in high-definition."

"VIKINGS" season two will premiere exclusively on LOVEFiLM in the UK on 28th February 2014. All nine episodes from season one are available to stream today exclusively on LOVEFiLM for as little as £5.99 a month.

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THE VIKINGS ARE BACK

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LOVEFiLM Instant:

http://www.lovefilm.com/browse/film/watch-online/

LOVEFiLM:

http://www.lovefilm.com

http://www.facebook.com/LOVEFILM

http://twitter.com/LOVEFiLM

Notes to Editors

About LOVEFiLM

LOVEFiLM is an Amazon company and a leading European film and TV series subscription service with over two million members in the UK and Germany. For just £5.99 a month LOVEFiLM members can choose from thousands of hours of the latest and greatest film and TV entertainment from major Hollywood - and international - studios, streamed instantly through LOVEFiLM Instant directly to hundreds of Internet-enabled devices, including games consoles and tablets. LOVEFiLM also offers LOVEFiLM By Post, giving members access to more than 70,000 titles on DVD and Blu-ray, including the latest new releases, delivered straight to their door. For more information visit LOVEFiLM or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content globally. The company owns one of the world's deepest libraries of premium film and television content. In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels. For more information, visit http://www.mgm.com.

About "VIKINGS"

"Vikings" transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore-and raid-the distant shores across the ocean. His ambition puts him at odds with local chieftain Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who insists on sending his raiders to the impoverished east rather than the uncharted west. When Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) to craft a new generation of intrepid ships capable of conquering the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict.

But for all its warfare and bloodshed, "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. As ambition and innovation rattle a civilization, these characters will be put to the test-and their way of life will never be the same again.

Vikings was created and written by Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors).

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