Principal photography begins on second series of BBC Two's The Last Kingdom

Date: 09.06.2016     Last updated: 09.06.2016 at 10.00
Carnival Films’ critically acclaimed, RTS-nominated epic returns to BBC Two. Netflix to co-produce.

Filming has started on BBC Two’s critically acclaimed drama The Last Kingdom, from Carnival Films. The second series, adapted by BAFTA-nominated and RTS award-winning writer Stephen Butchard from Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling series of novels, is to return to BBC Two next year, with Netflix joining as a co-production partner.

The emotionally complex and compelling landscape of revenge, rivalry, hostility, corruption, love, sex, loyalty and friendship, forms the backdrop to a gripping adventure based on Cornwell's novels, The Lords Of The North and Sword Song – part of the hugely popular bestselling franchise The Last Kingdom.

Set in the year 878, the second series returns 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 series. They are joined by new cast members including Thure Lindhardt (The Bridge), Millie Brady (Legend), Peter McDonald (Thirteen) and Richard Rankin (From Darkness).

The series will premiere on BBC Two next year and have its US premiere on Netflix. The first series will be available on Netflix in the UK later this year and is currently being released in other territories worldwide.

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

Emmy, Golden Globe and BATFA-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, and Dominic Barlow will produce this series.

The Last Kingdom series two has started filming in Budapest and will be broadcast on BBC Two in 2017.

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