Hit series ‘Vikings’ returns for fifth season in MENA

Saudis comprise the highest viewers of ‘Vikings’ past seasons. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 28 November 2018
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Hit series ‘Vikings’ returns for fifth season in MENA

JEDDAH: The wait is finally over. Hit TV series “Vikings” returns to Starz Play, a major regional on-demand service, this week.

The show’s latest season will be available to view on Starz Play across the Middle East and North Africa as the episodes air in the US. 

The latest season offers fans a chance to catch up on the trials and tribulations of the family of Ragnar Lothbrok, the show’s protagonist until his death during the fourth season. 

“For years, ‘Vikings’ has been a cornerstone of Starz Play’s roster of award-winning TV shows and movies, which has enabled us to consistently lead in the regional, video-on-demand streaming industry,” said Maaz Sheikh, Starz Play CEO and co-founder.

“’Vikings’ has always garnered huge viewership numbers on Starz Play, making it one of the most watched series on our platform,” Sheikh added. 

“Our exclusive agreement with ‘Vikings’ means our subscribers can watch all the action before anyone else in the world.”

Picking up from the mid-season finale cliffhanger in which Lothbrok’s widow Lagertha was captured by his son, dubbed “Ivar the Boneless,” the soon-to-air episode will kick off with a scene in which the late Lothbrok’s brother returns after Ivar is crowned the new king.

All seasons and episodes of the hit show are available on Starz Play. The show has been renewed for a sixth season, with filming already underway in Ireland.


The Six: Oscars red carpet rewind

Emma Stone at the 2015 Academy Awards. (AFP)
Updated 20 February 2019
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The Six: Oscars red carpet rewind

DUBAI: We recount some of our favorite Arab-designed gowns to grace the Oscars’ red carpet.

Halle Berry

Berry made history in 2002 when she became the first black woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress. She wore a now iconic Elie Saab burgundy gown with a see-through corset and floral detailing for the occasion.

Jennifer Lopez

Lopez presented at the 2012 ceremony and turned heads in a beautiful white Zuhair Murad dress embellished with sequins and featuring a plunging neckline and figure-hugging cut.  

Lady Gaga

Always one to shine, Lady Gaga showed up to the 2015 show wearing a white Azzedine Alaia dress with red dishwashing gloves.

Emma Stone

Stone wore a beautiful green-hued Elie Saab gown to the 2015 ceremony. The embellishments, cut and fall of the fabric made the dress a whimsical and dreamy number to remember.

Jenna Dewan

At the 2014 awards show, Dewan wore a mermaid style Reem Acra gown that was tight fitting and embellished with feathers and sequins.

Chrissy Teigen

The always elegant Teigen wore a white Zuhair Murad dress with a high split to the 2017 ceremony show. The gown featured metallic detailing and a gold belt to cinch in the waist.