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.

See the cast gallery after the trailer below, and visit BBC America for more videos.

 

Matthew McFayden as Lord Uhtred

Matthew McFayden as Lord Uhtred

Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred

Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred

David Dawson as Alfred

David Dawson as Alfred

Emily Cox as Brida

Emily Cox as Brida

Ian Hart as Beocca

Ian Hart as Beocca

Peter Gantzler as Earl Ragnar

Peter Gantzler as Earl Ragnar

Tobias Santelmann as Ragnar the Younger

Tobias Santelmann as Ragnar the Younger

About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

2 Responses

  1. Underdogge

    Might be worth a watch. Uhtred looks a bit like a rougher, tougher, more knocked about the world a bit Jon Snow. While I was scrolling down I skimmed some of the names and my mind read “Emilia Fox” (not Clarke) instead of “Emily Cox” and I thought “She’s changed”. I’ll have to give this a try at least.

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    • Olga Hughes

      Apparently he is quite blonde in the books. I will leave reading those until after I watch the show.

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