Netflix Boards BBC Two’s ‘The Last Kingdom’ As Co-Producer

Netflix has come on-board The Last Kingdom, BBC Two’s period drama based on the Bernard Cornwell novels, as co-producer and will now air the series in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Japan, Spain and Portugal. The streaming service replaces BBC America who served as a co-producer and the US broadcast partner for the show’s debut season last year.

The Last Kingdom is set in the ninth century when many of the separate kingdoms of England have fallen to the invading Vikings, with only the great kingdom of Wessex left standing and defiant under the command of King Alfred the Great. In the show’s second season, Uhtred continues his fight for his native land of Northumbria. Having given his sword to King Alfred, despite his upbringing by the invading pagan Danes, Uthred embarks on his voyage north to reclaim his own fate: to avenge Earl Ragnar’s death and recapture his ancestral lands of Bebbanburg.

Alexander Dreymon (American Horror Story) is reprising his role as Uthred in the second season. Other returning cast members include David Dawson (Peaky Blinders), Emily Cox (Homeland), Ian Hart (Boardwalk Empire) and Tobias Santelmann (Marcella). Joining the cast for the second season is Thure Lindhardt (The Bridge), Millie Brady (Legend) and Peter McDonald (Thirteen).

The Last Kingdom, which at one time was hailed as the BBC’s own Game Of Thrones, was a hit when it premiered last October. All told. the eight episode first season managed some 2.7 million viewers and the show was subsequently nominated for the best drama series of 2015 at the RTS Awards

The period drama is produced by the NBCU owned Carnival Films, with the indie’s Managing Director Gareth Neame serving as the executive producer alongside Nigel Marchant, Stephen Butchard and the BBC’s Elizabeth Kilgarriff. Production on the show’s second season is now underway in Budapest for a 2017 premiere on BBC Two and Netflix.