With the success of History Channel’s, Vikings, the BBC has seen the opportunity to create their own Viking series.
The Last Kingdom is based on the Stephen Butchard novels, “The Saxon Stores”, and will consist of eight one hour episodes. The stories will include a historical and fictional delivery, much like History’s version of the bearded raiders.
Richard De Croce, senior VP Programming for BBC America said, “We couldn’t be more pleased to be working with BBC Two and Carnival Films — a hugely successful British production company that really knows how to create a hit for the US. ‘The Last Kingdom’ is an engrossing story of epic scale that will feed our audience’s appetite for excitement, smart storytelling and compelling characters.”
Ben Stephenson, controller of drama commissioning, BBC, said, “I hope ‘The Last Kingdom’ will expand BBC Two’s distinctive portfolio of drama. It’s an epic narrative with an extraordinary creative team. It will feel like nothing else on television, with all of the scale and intrigue of the best fantasy stories but the reality of fact.”