Monday, SBS One, 8.35pm
It is almost impossible to match the grand scales and magic of worldwide phenomenon Game of Thrones, but this impressive Canadian/French drama can stand proudly with its sword in the air. With only a fraction of the budget of GOT, Vikings has created a scintillating and addictive drama that basks in its stunning Irish and Norwegian backdrops. And there’s no need to pay for this addictive costume drama, folks. Tonight, Ragnar (rugged Aussie Travis Fimmel, above with Katheryn Winnick) and King Horik (Donal Logue) don’t exactly see eye to eye on how to dispense justice to Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr).