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North Water BBC Two drama is coming this month



I’m going to need a hot cup of tea to watch this.

If, like me, you find the coldest climates of our planet endlessly fascinating, you are in for a treat! New BBC Two drama, Northern water, will travel back in time to the late 1850s, to tell the fictional story of a brutal whaling expedition in the Arctic.

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The series was adapted by Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 years old, Looking) from Ian McGuire’s acclaimed 2016 novel of the same name, and is directed by See-Saw Films and Rhombus Media for the BBC.

Set in Hull and on the Arctic sea ice, the five-part series tells the story of Patrick Sumner, a disgraced former military surgeon who enlists as a doctor on a ship bound for the North Pole.

But soon after the ship’s voyage to North Water Polynya in today’s Canada, Patrick begins to run into his unstable teammates who each have their own dark agendas to join the expedition.

The series premiered on AMC in the US earlier this year, and the stars Skins’ Jack O’Connell as Patrick, and Hollywood mainstay Colin Farrell as evil harpooner Henry Drax.

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Stephen Graham (This is england, Boardwalk Empire) also appears as Captain Brownlee, alongside Tom Courtenay (Unforgettable, 45 years old) as Baxter, the owner of the vessel. The additional cast includes Peter Mullan, Sam Spruell and Roland Møller.

A lot of Northern Water ‘Scouting work took place mainly in the Arctic, shooting at the frozen seas north of the Svalbard archipelago. It is believed to be the northernmost point that a drama series has ever filmed before!

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The cast and production crew sailed up to 81 degrees north to shoot footage in the pack ice, in land where polar bears roam – eek!

Northern water will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer at 9:30 p.m. on Friday 10 September. The five-part series will be available as a set on BBC iPlayer and broadcast weekly on BBC Two.

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