Over 8,000 people audition to be extras in a new €30 million television series to be filmed in County Wicklow.

The drama series called 'Vikings' is being made for the History Channel and will star Irish actor Gabriel Byrne.

The Vikings are coming back to Ireland. This time to the small screen.

A long queue of hopeful Norsemen lined up outside The Grand Hotel in Wicklow. Anne Marie Smyth meets Brian Byrad, Anne Marie Kennedy and Kay Daly, all hoping to play a part in the new production. 

Andrew Burke, Casting Supervisor with VK Productions, describes what they are looking for. 

Rowers, blacksmiths, hunters. If you've done it in your actual life it would be easier for us.

Around two thousand of the eight thousand applicants will be chosen to work on the programme. Filming is due to commence in July at the Ashford Studios in Wicklow and will continue until November.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 June 2012. The reporter is Anne Marie Smyth.