BBC unveils The Last Kingdom

Here’s the first look at new BBC drama The Last Kingdom.

The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom

The series, which will air on BBC Two in the UK and BBC America, is based on Bernard Cornwell’s novels The Saxon Stories and written by Stephen Butchard.

Set in the 9th Century, the separate kingdoms that once made up England have fallen to the invading Vikings. Only the great Kingdom of Wessex – the last kingdom – stands defiant under its visionary King Alfred the Great.

Against this turbulent backdrop, Uhtred (pictured), who loses his Saxon father in battle, is kidnapped by the Vikings and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. Is he Saxon or Viking?

The cast includes Alexander Dreymon, Rutger Hauer, David Dawson, Emily Cox, Matthew Macfadyen, Ian Hart, and Rune Temte.

The Last Kingdom is produced by Carnival Films. The executive producers are Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant, and Stephen Butchard; the co-executive producer is Nick Murphy; and the producer is Chrissy Skinns.

The eight-part series is currently in production in Hungary and the UK, and will debut later this year.