History will move into scripted series with a season order for Michael Hirst's drama Vikings.
Premiering in 2013, the series will follow Ragnar Lothbrok, a historical figure considered the greatest hero of his age, as he rises to become king of the Viking tribes. It will be filmed at Ashford Studios in Ireland and throughout Northern Europe.
"This is an amazing crossroads for History embarking on our first scripted series," History President and General Manager Nancy Dubuc said in a statement. "People think they know about the Vikings -- we see references to them all the time in our popular culture from TV commercials to football teams -- but the reality is so much more fascinating and complex, more vivid, visceral and powerful than popular legend."
Co-produced by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions, Vikings is created and written by Hirst (The Tudors, Camelot), who will serve as executive producer alongside Morgan O'Sullivan (The Tudors), John Weber (The Tudors, The Borgias), Sherry Marsh and Alan Gasmer.