Where was The Last Kingdom filmed for BBC Two and BBC America?
Beginning in November of 2014, filming for the BBC’s new Game of Thrones-esque historical drama series The Last Kingdom, has been taking place at locations in both the UK and Hungary.
For the BBC though, travelling to Eastern Europe to find the right filming location is nothing new, with their current worldwide hit series The Musketeers being shot in the Czech Republic.
Set way back in the year 872, this eight-part series see’s many of the kingdoms that make up what we know today as England, fall into the hands of the ruthless Vikings. However, commanded by King Alfred the Great, the kingdom of Wessex continues to resist.
Amidst this great turbulence lives The Last Kingdom’s hero, Uhtred. The son of a Saxon nobleman, Uhtred is orphaned at hands of the Norse invaders before being kidnapped and raised as one of them.
Viking or Saxon, Uhtred must choose between his original homeland and that which raised him.
Using a combination of fictional characters with real life historical figures and events, The Last Kingdom television series promises to be full of great battles and heroism, while also featuring a depth which embraces religion, politics, love and loyalty.
Speaking about the announcement, controller of BBC Drama commissioning Ben Stephenson, said: “I hope The Last Kingdom will expand BBC Two’s distinctive portfolio of drama. It’s an epic narrative with an extraordinary creative team. It will feel like nothing else on television, with all of the scale and intrigue of the best fantasy stories but the reality of fact.”
When does The Last Kingdom start on BBC?
The Last Kingdom’s UK premiere date has now been officially set for Thursday the 22nd of October, 2015. Based on the best-selling series of books by Bernard Cornwell, The Last Kingdom television drama will be broadcast in Britain on BBC Two and in the US on BBC America.
Co-produced by BBC America and the company behind Downton Abbey, Carnival Films, Cornwell’s work is set to be adapted by the Royal Television Society award-winning writer Stephen Butchard.