"The Last Kingdom" (TV show) is a historical drama series on BBC America that is based upon Bernard Cornwell's best-selling franchise "The Saxon Stories."

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. It is the last kingdom.

Against this turbulent backdrop lives 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, recapture his ancestral lands.

The series is 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 for themselves and build a place they call home.

Alexander Dreymon ("American Horror Story," "Blood Ransom") heads up the cast, which also includes Rutger Hauer ("True Blood," "Blade Runner"), David Dawson ("Ripper Street," "Road to Coronation Street"), Emily Cox ("The Silent Mountain," "Circle of Life"), Matthew Macfadyen ("Anna Karenina," "MI-5"), Ian Hart ("Boardwalk Empire," "The Bridge"), Tobias Santelmann ("Kon-Tiki," "Hercules - The Thracian Wars"), Thomas W. Gabrielsson ("A Royal Affair," "The Killing III"), Peter Gantzler ("A-klassen," "Italian for Beginners"), Joseph Millson ("Penny Dreadful," "24: Live Another Day"), Alexandre Willaume ("Deadline," "Over the Edge"), Rune Temte ("Ulykken (The Accident)," "Johan Falk: Organizatsija Karayan"), and Henning Valin Jakobsen ("The Bridge," "The Killing"). Young cast members include Tom Taylor, Jocelyn Macnab and Madeleine Power.

"The Last Kingdom" is produced by Carnival Films — the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning producers of "Downton Abbey." The series is written by BAFTA nominated and RTS award-winning writer Stephen Butchard ("Good Cop," "Five Daughters," "House of Saddam"). Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Stephen Butchard serve as executive producers with Nick Murphy ("Prey," "Occupation"), co-executive producing and directing multiple episodes and Chrissy Skinns ("Mr Selfridge," "Marchlands"), producing the show. The Commissioning Editor is Polly Hill for the BBC and Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, ordered the show. Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, and Richard De Croce, SVP Programming, oversee the series for BBC America.

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Network: BBC America
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: October 10, 2015
Seasons: 2
Production Company: Carnival Films

BBC America Starts Production on 'The Last Kingdom' — Alexander Dreymon stars in the new drama series, an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's best-selling series of books "The Saxon Stories." Read more...

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