BBC Two has released several images from its upcoming star-studded, long-gestating drama series “The North Water.”
The new photos feature Jack O’Connell as Patrick Sumner, Colin Farrell as Henry Drax, and Stephen Graham as Captain Brownlee, alongside Tom Courtenay as Baxter, seen in character for the first time. “The North Water” also stars Peter Mullan, Sam Spruell and Roland Møller.
The series will have its world premiere on U.S. streamer AMC Plus on July 15. It will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer this fall.
Set in Hull and on the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s, the series’ location work took place primarily in the Arctic, shooting on the frozen seas north of the Svalbard Archipelago. The cast and production team sailed as far as 81 degrees north to film sequences in the pack ice, one of the furthest points north a drama series has ever filmed before.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Ian McGuire, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and named a New York Times Book Review editors’ choice, the five-part series tells the story of Patrick Sumner (O’Connell), a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. The ferocity of the elements, however, is matched by the violence of his crew mates, with Drax (Farrell), a harpooner and a brutal force of nature. As the true purpose of the expedition becomes clear, confrontation between the two men erupts, taking them on a journey far from solid ground and beyond the safe moorings of civilization.
Executive producers on the series are Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman for See-Saw Films, Niv Fichman for Rhombus Media, and Jo McClellan for the BBC. The series was produced by Kate Ogborn. “The North Water” is a co-production with Rhombus Media and is distributed internationally by BBC Studios.
See-Saw Films’ drama credits include Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake” series.