BBC America and Carnival, producers of Downton Abbey, will launch an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling The Saxon Stories in October. The historical drama The Last Kingdom is set in the ninth century during the reign of King Alfred the Great and centres on Uhtred, the orphaned son of a Saxon nobleman who has been raised by the Vikings who took him hostage.
It’s inevitable that The Last Kingdom, penned by Stephen Butchard, will be compared to Game of Thrones, but as producer Gareth Neames said “I’m a huge admirer of Game Of Thrones but that is fantasy. We have no dragons.” George R.R. Martin has nothing but praise for Bernard Cornwell. “There’s no one who writes better action scenes, in any genre.” Considering the source material, the historical period and, perhaps most importantly, the lack of reliance on CGI, I am expecting a superior show.
The Last Kingdom‘s huge cast includes Alexander Dreymon (American Horror Story) as Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Matthew McFayden (Ripper Street) as Lord Uhtred, David Dawson (Banished, Ripper Street) as King Alfred the Great, Ian Hart (My Mad Fat Diary) as Beocca, Emily Cox (Tatort) as Brida, Peter Gantzler (Bankerot) as Earl Ragnar, Tobias Santelmann (Acquitted) as Ragnar the Younger, Jason Flemyng (The Missing) as King Edmund, Alec Newman (Lewis) as King Aethelred and the legendary Rutger Hauer as Ravn, elderly Viking poet and wiseman.
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