ENGLAND IS BORN
BASED ON THE NOVELS BY BERNARD CORNWELL
THE LAST KINGDOM
From Carnival Films, the Golden Globe® and Emmy® award-winning producers of Downton Abbey, comes the brand new historical drama series THE LAST KINGDOM. BAFTA nominated and RTS award-‐winning writer Stephen Butchard (Good Cop, Five Daughters, House of Saddam) has adapted Bernard Cornwell’s best-‐selling franchise The Saxon Stories into an eight-part TV series. Featuring never-before-seen bonus footage, don’t miss THE LAST KINGDOM as it comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD from 14th December, courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK).
The series stars an incredible ensemble cast headed up by Alexander Dreymon (American Horror Story, Blood Ransom), who plays Uhtred of Bebbanburg; Emily Cox (Homeland) as Brida; Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Galavant) as Ravn; Matthew Macfadyen (The Enfield Haunting, Ripper Street) as Lord Uhtred; David Dawson (Peaky Blinders) as Alfred; Rune Temte (Eddie the Eagle) as Ubba; Ian Hart (Boardwalk Empire) as Beocca and Adrian Bower (Mount Pleasant) as Leofric.
Set in the year 872, when many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Vikings, the great kingdom of Wessex has been left standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred the Great.
Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred. Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is orphaned by the Vikings and then kidnapped 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. What is he -‐ Saxon or Viking? On a quest to claim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, seek to recapture his ancestral lands.
THE LAST KINGDOM is a show full of heroic deeds and epic battles but with a thematic depth that embraces politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for identity. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the story of how a people combined their strength under one of the most iconic kings of history in order to reclaim their land.
Don’t miss the epic brand new series full of brutal battles and thrilling twists as THE LAST KINGDOM arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on 14th December 2015, from Universal Pictures (UK).