Filming has officially started in Budapest on the second series of BBC Two’s critically acclaimed drama The Last Kingdom.
Adapted by Stephen Butchard from Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling series of novels, The Last Kingdom comes from production company Carnival Films. The new series will return to BBC Two in 2017 and is a co-production with Netflix.
Set in the year 878, the second series returns as fearless and instinctive warrior Uhtred continues his fight for his native land of Northumbria. Uhtred, having given his sword to King Alfred, despite his upbringing by the invading pagan Danes, embarks on his voyage north to reclaim his own fate: to avenge Earl Ragnar’s death and recapture his ancestral lands of Bebbanburg.
Alfred’s conviction to create a united England is stronger than ever and he sets his sights on the wild lands of the north, which have fallen into chaos and rebellion. It is a dangerous time for Saxon and Dane alike but Alfred champions a new king – a Christian Dane – to unite the tribes. However, this king has been enslaved and Uhtred becomes embroiled in a rescue mission, which brings him face-to-face with an enemy of old.
Alexander Dreymon (American Horror Story) returns as Uhtred, alongside David Dawson (Peaky Blinders), Emily Cox (Homeland), Ian Hart (Boardwalk Empire) and Tobias Santelmann (Marcella) from the first series. They are joined by new cast members including Thure Lindhardt (The Bridge), Millie Brady (Legend), and Peter McDonald (Thirteen).
The series will premiere next year on BBC Two in the UK and on Netflix in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Japan, Spain and Portugal.