by: Sammy Mink
Carnival Films and BBC America are teaming up to co-produce period drama THE LAST KINGDOM for BBC Two. Carnival is the production company behind BBC’s most popular period drama “Downton Abbey.” The adapted series, based on the novel written by Bernard Cornwell, will be an eight-parter centering on Uhtred Ragnarson, a Saxon who was kidnapped by Danish raiders who raised him to become a warrior. When his Danish father is killed, Uhtred’s loyalties are tested when he tries to claim his birthright. Described as a “Game of Thrones”-type epic, the series will combine both real life historical figures and events with fictional characters during the reign of Alfred the Great.
Carnival’s Gareth Neame and Nigel Marchant will executive produce alongside Stephen Butchard, who is scripting the series. Nick Murphy will co-executive produce and direct a number of episodes, while Chrissy Skinns will also produce. Author Cornwell is also known for his series of “Sharpe” books, which were adapted into a 16-episode series starring Sean Bean.