Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom coming to BBC 2

News Louisa Mellor 9 Jul 2014 - 15:41

BBC 2 is adapting Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Stories for an historical 8-episode TV drama...

Here's a spot of exciting news. Bernard Cornwell's gripping The Last Kingdom novel is coming to BBC Two in the form of a shiny eight-part TV series.

Part of the Saxon Stories saga, The Last Kingdom is an historical drama starting in the year 872 in a post-Viking invasion pre-England. It follows the fate of young Uhtred Ragnarson, a man of noble Saxon birth but orphaned and raised by Vikings, who must decide where his loyalties lie against a backdrop of bloody battle and heroic deeds. 

The project has quickly been labelled the BBC's answer to Game Of Thrones, which, if accurate, finds no complaints from these quarters. The BBC's Drama Commissioning Controller, Ben Stephenson however, says The Last Kingdom "will feel like nothing else on television, with all of the scale and intrigue of the best fantasy stories but the reality of fact.” In other words: no dragons.

The creative team looks to have been drawn from a selection of recent telly's brightest and best, with Good Cop's Stephen Butchard adapting the novels for screen, Prey and The Awakening's Nick Murphy directing, and Downton Abbey's Carnival Films producing.

We'll be keeping an excited eye on this one as it develops. In the meantime, Saxon Stories readers, let the speculative casting begin...

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