Only, this is no ordinary dead Viking. This is – as eagle-eyed viewers studying the credits may have spotted – a dead Viking played by music legend Paul Weller.
The former frontman of Mod revival legends The Jam is a friend of Sherlock star Martin Freeman, who brought Weller onto the set during filming, revealed director Benjamin Caron (he also urged viewers at a preview screening to “pay a bit of special attention” to the character).
The fact that it was Weller was confirmed by the BBC.
Quite why he wanted to play the part is anybody’s guess – but perhaps it was a thank you to his friend Freeman, who starred in the video to his 2015 track Pick It Up…
This article was originally published on 18 January 2017