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The Last Kingdom [BBC/Netflix]

  • 19-08-2015 3:46pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 3,009 ✭✭✭ Paddy Samurai


    One of my favourite book series.....If they manage to even be half as good as the books I will be happy.
    American Horror Story‘s Dreymon heads up the international cast, which includes Emily Cox, David Dawson, Rune Temte, Matthew Macfadyen, Rutger Hauer, Ian Hart, Tobias Santelmann, Peter Gantzler, Adrian Bower, Joseph Millson and Henning Valin Jakobsen.
    Adapted by Stephen Butchard from Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling book series The Saxon Stories, The Last Kingdom combines real historical figures and events with fiction, re-telling the history of King Alfred the Great and his desire to unite the many separate kingdoms into what would become England.
    The trailers don't look great but fingers crossed.






    Tried to open the american linked trailer but could'nt


    http://www.bbcamerica.com/the-last-kingdom/videos/never-fight-ubba/

    Ps:For those who like Vikings the series are linked through Ragnar Lothbroks sons.
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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,261 ✭✭✭ sioda


    Hope this is good great books


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,009 ✭✭✭ Paddy Samurai


    Now this trailer looks a lot better than the previous teaser.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,009 ✭✭✭ Paddy Samurai


    Just so no one misses it ;)

    The Last Kingdom will start on BBC2 in October :D
    And it came to pass that the warring houses of Westeros ceased their bloody feuds as word spread of an even more deadly threat from a land called W1A.

    The BBC has invested £10m in The Last Kingdom, an incursion into the blood-and-guts medieval drama genre which has proved such a profitable venture for HBO, producers of the all-conquering Game Of Thrones.
    With ITV about to launch its big budget take on Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, the BBC has marshalled its resources, hiring Carnival, producers of Downton Abbey, to bring an eight-part adaptation of author Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Stories to the screen.
    Boosted by funding from BBC America, the hook for the BBC2 drama is its mingling of fictional characters with real historical events, in an attempt to tell the story of the creation of England as a unitary state.



    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/the-last-kingdom-bbc--first-watch-game-of-thrones-fans-will-find-plenty-to-enjoy-10492017.html

    I know Tv is rarely as good as the book,but I do hope they don't make a mess of this fantastic series.


  • Registered Users Posts: 76,095 ✭✭✭✭ JP Liz V1


    No start date yet for BBC 2 starts 10/10 on BBC America


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    started last night any good?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,174 ✭✭✭ marklazarcovic


    ive 2 episodes here to watch tonight..hope so :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 Son0vagun


    Yes I enjoyed it. Somewhat faithful to the books, if not a little rushed. Well acted and well directed. The Shield Walls are epic

    I watched The Bastard Executioner before this, and it was dreadful in comparison.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,579 ✭✭✭✭ titan18


    Quite enjoying it. Much better than The Bastard Executioner. Seems to be moving along at a nice pace


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,840 ✭✭✭✭ somesoldiers


    Son0vagun wrote: »
    Yes I enjoyed it. Somewhat faithful to the books, if not a little rushed. Well acted and well directed. The Shield Walls are epic

    I watched The Bastard Executioner before this, and it was dreadful in comparison.

    I got the rushed feeling too though enjoyed the first episode. I'm not familiar with the books but do recognise a lot of the names from Vikings however accurate that is


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 Son0vagun


    I got the rushed feeling too though enjoyed the first episode. I'm not familiar with the books but do recognise a lot of the names from Vikings however accurate that is

    Ragnar is a common enough Viking name. It's Ivan the Boneless we need to be keeping an eye out for in The Last Kingdom.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    watched first ep, all setup, they put the first 2 out on same did they ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,133 FloatingVoter


    I got the rushed feeling too though enjoyed the first episode. I'm not familiar with the books but do recognise a lot of the names from Vikings however accurate that is

    It's set about two generations after Vikings. Alfred the Great has already appeared fleetingly in Vikings - and a bonnie wee baby he was too (Grandson of King Ecbert).


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,651 stiffler123


    Really liked the opening two episodes. The battle scenes weren't great, perhaps due to budget constraints but the plot and characters are interesting enough to stick with it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    im wondering why these guys didn't just watch vikings, i don't get why shield walls were so baffling to these people


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,133 FloatingVoter


    im wondering why these guys didn't just watch vikings, i don't get why shield walls were so baffling to these people

    A rumour went round that the license inspector was on the prowl and they dumped the widescreen TVs in a pond. Along with the microwaves and the indoor plumbing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,174 ✭✭✭ marklazarcovic


    2 eps in and i think its pretty awful in all aspects


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    boring dull, i dont' care about this guy


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,009 ✭✭✭ Paddy Samurai


    Imo just watchable so far.Main character looks a lot like Jon Snow......
    A big let down on the books which are brilliant.Hope that things improve in future episodes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,274 ✭✭✭✭ Mr.Prodston


    I've seen the first 2 episodes and for much of the 120 minutes I've been comparing with Vikings and trying to work out who's who and how they relate.

    I get it's roughly 100 years further ahead but even some characters appear-ish. My biggest problem is that I'm taking "Vikings" as historical fact when I know if anything this is probably more accurate :pac:

    I've been through an endless sinkhole of Wikipedia from all the kings of Wessex for about 200 years along with all the Lothbrok mythology and I'm left a very frazzled man after it.

    As for the show itself, I don't know. Once the novelty of trying to piece things together in the hope that Ragnar and Athelstan magically appear (which I'm aware they won't) I don't know how long I'll last. The books sound like a much better prospect.

    This is an incoherent mess of rambling but I needed to try and declutter my brain :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,070 ✭✭✭✭ fryup


    Did the programme makers not realise that there was already a series called Vikings being aired with a very similar theme ???

    Is vikings shown in the UK??


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,862 ✭✭✭✭ neris


    I've seen the first 2 episodes and for much of the 120 minutes I've been comparing with Vikings and trying to work out who's who and how they relate.

    I get it's roughly 100 years further ahead but even some characters appear-ish. My biggest problem is that I'm taking "Vikings" as historical fact when I know if anything this is probably more accurate :pac:

    I've been through an endless sinkhole of Wikipedia from all the kings of Wessex for about 200 years along with all the Lothbrok mythology and I'm left a very frazzled man after it.

    As for the show itself, I don't know. Once the novelty of trying to piece things together in the hope that Ragnar and Athelstan magically appear (which I'm aware they won't) I don't know how long I'll last. The books sound like a much better prospect.

    This is an incoherent mess of rambling but I needed to try and declutter my brain :)


    i wouldnt bother taking anything in vikings as fact. vikings is made for the american market where they care more about gore and a good battle scene then something close to fact.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,070 ✭✭✭✭ fryup


    not as fast moving as Vikings, but has its moments


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 11,221 ✭✭✭✭ Milana Massive Banker


    I've seen the first 2 episodes and for much of the 120 minutes I've been comparing with Vikings and trying to work out who's who and how they relate.

    I get it's roughly 100 years further ahead but even some characters appear-ish. My biggest problem is that I'm taking "Vikings" as historical fact when I know if anything this is probably more accurate :pac:

    I've been through an endless sinkhole of Wikipedia from all the kings of Wessex for about 200 years along with all the Lothbrok mythology and I'm left a very frazzled man after it.

    As for the show itself, I don't know. Once the novelty of trying to piece things together in the hope that Ragnar and Athelstan magically appear (which I'm aware they won't) I don't know how long I'll last. The books sound like a much better prospect.

    This is an incoherent mess of rambling but I needed to try and declutter my brain :)

    The Last Kingdom is much more accurate, historically, than Vikings. Actually, I don't know if anything is historically correct in the Vikings regarding characters, battles, etc.
    fryup wrote: »
    Did the programme makers not realise that there was already a series called Vikings being aired with a very similar theme ???

    Is vikings shown in the UK??

    I imagine Vikings is shown in the UK. It is related to their history after all. I don't know what point you are trying to make in regards to there being another show set around the same era and in similar locations.

    When I first watched Vikings, I thought to myself, the guys who produced this show must have read "The Saxon Chronicles" as there were a lot of similarities.

    I don't think the physique of Uthred is correct, from his description in the books. His demeanor, however, is fantastic. Such an arseling :P

    I can appreciate this show probably isn't as good as others on TV for those who have not read the books, but if you have read the books I think it would make this show more interesting. You are already attached or detached from the characters and it's great to see them play out on TV.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,579 ✭✭✭✭ titan18


    I'd imagine the
    stranger's child that was sacrificed was Uthred's child.
    Would make sense


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,920 ✭✭✭ suffering golfer


    titan18 wrote: »
    I'd imagine the
    stranger's child that was sacrificed was Uthred's child.
    Would make sense

    Was thinking the same. I would really shocked if it wasn't.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,070 ✭✭✭✭ fryup


    anyone catch the final episode??

    brilliant battle scene, best i've seen in a TV series Vikings or Game of Thrones included


  • Registered Users Posts: 398 ✭✭ iora_rua


    fryup wrote: »
    anyone catch the final episode??

    brilliant battle scene, best i've seen in a TV series Vikings or Game of Thrones included


    Have still to watch the last episode, but a bit disappointed that this is the last one ... just really getting into it, after an uninspiring start! Don't watch GOT, but loved Vikings - and looking forward to the next series of that :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,070 ✭✭✭✭ fryup


    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    not the last one, they'll be a series next year


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,009 ✭✭✭ Paddy Samurai


    It got off to a bad start IMO ,but finally picked up near the end with the last two episodes been the best in the series.
    Not a patch on the books though ,not even near.

    The main problem I have with the series is actor Alexander Dreymon who IMO does not suit the character Uhtred as portrayed in the books.I think if they had picked a different actor it would have made a big difference.
    Also another couple of episodes would have helped flesh out the story and the characters , helping people who did'nt read the books to be more connected with the story.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 11,348 ✭✭✭✭ ricero


    Anybody watching the second series ? Great stuff altogether


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