The Last Kingdom (Series Two)

Based on Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling novels The Lords Of The North and Sword Song, the hotly anticipated second season of BBC Two’s critically acclaimed drama The Last Kingdom returns on Thursday 16 March at 9pm. 

Made by Carnival Films, the Golden Globe® and Emmy® award-winning producers of Downton Abbey, and co-produced by Netflix, the epic historical series has been adapted by Bafta-nominated and RTS award-winning writer Stephen Butchard from Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling series of novels.

The emotionally complex and compelling landscape of revenge, rivalry, love and loyalty form the backdrop to a gripping adventure based on Cornwell's novels, The Lords Of The North and Sword Song - part of the hugely popular best-selling franchise, The Last Kingdom.

Set in the year 878, the second season opens 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 season. They are joined by new cast members including Thure Lindhardt (The Bridge), Millie Brady (Legend), and Peter McDonald (Thirteen).

The first, critically acclaimed season was a hit with viewers during its eight-week run on BBC Two in 2015, averaging 2.7 million total viewers. The season was also nominated for the best drama series of 2015 at the RTS Awards.

Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Bafta-winning Gareth Neame and Nigel Marchant return as Executive Producers for Carnival Films alongside Stephen Butchard. Elizabeth Kilgarriff is the Executive Producer for the BBC.

Executive Producers: Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant, Stephen Butchard

Co-Executive Producers: David O’Donoghue, Peter Hoar
Producers: Chrissy Skinns, Liz Trubridge, Dominic Barlow, Guy Tannahill

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March 9, 2017 10:32am ET by BBC TWO  

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