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The Last Kingdom 

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The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Alexander Dreymon ...  Uhtred / ... 16 episodes, 2015-2017
Eliza Butterworth ...  Aelswith 16 episodes, 2015-2018
Ian Hart ...  Beocca 15 episodes, 2015-2017
David Dawson ...  Alfred / ... 15 episodes, 2015-2017
Harry McEntire ...  Aethelwold 14 episodes, 2015-2017
Simon Kunz ...  Odda the Elder 13 episodes, 2015-2017
Tobias Santelmann ...  Ragnar the Younger 9 episodes, 2015-2017
Emily Cox ...  Brida 9 episodes, 2015-2017
Arnas Fedaravicius ...  Sihtric 8 episodes, 2017
Björn Bengtsson ...  Sigefrid 8 episodes, 2017
Adrian Bouchet ...  Steapa 8 episodes, 2017
Christian Hillborg ...  Erik 8 episodes, 2017
Eva Birthistle ...  Hild 8 episodes, 2015-2017
Peri Baumeister ...  Gisela 8 episodes, 2017
Millie Brady ...  Aethelflaed 8 episodes, 2017
Adrian Bower ...  Leofric 7 episodes, 2015
Brian Vernel ...  Odda the Younger 7 episodes, 2015
Jeppe Beck Laursen ...  Haesten 7 episodes, 2017
Magnus Samuelsson ...  Clapa 7 episodes, 2017
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The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred. Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred. Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he? Saxon or Dane? On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, recapture his ancestral lands.

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

10 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poslednje kraljevstvo See more »

Filming Locations:

Korda Studios, Etyek, Hungary

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In the books this series is based on, Uhtred is 9 years old when captured by Ragnar the Elder, 16 at the time of Ragnar's death in the hall burning and 19 at the end of the first book. In the series however Uhtred has aged much more by the time of the hall burning and appears to be in his mid 20s implying a much lengthier stay with Ragnar. See more »

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Lots of the women are seen wearing knitted shawls, often using a cable stitch. Knitting did not reach the UK until medieval times, probably from the middle east via Spain. See more »


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The Last Kingdom: Opening Theme
Music Composed by John Lunn
Vocals by Eivør Pálsdóttir (as Eivør)
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Rip-Roaring Combination of Familiar Adventure Series Elements
20 November 2015 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

I will not summarize the plot of THE LAST KINGDOM, as it follows a familiar quest-pattern and has been amply described by previous reviewers. Suffice to say that the source-text's author is Bernard Cornwell, an established writer of historical adventures set in various historical periods that have translated successfully to television in the past (remember SHARPE (1993-2008))?

Directed by four different people (Anthony Byrne, Ben Chanan, Peter Hoar and Nick Murphy), THE LAST KINGDOM is basically SHARPE transposed to the Saxon/ Viking era, with the same combination of familial politics, intrigue and rivalry. The moral priorities are determined from the first episode onwards: the Sharpe-character is personified by Uhtred of Babbanberg (Alexander Dreymon) who must negotiate several obstacles before he can assume his rightful place in the formation of a new kingdom. Good guys and bad guys are easily distinguished, chiefly by their hirsuteness; the bad guys have bushier beards and longer hair than their rivals.

Each episode has its fair share of incident, romance, and a touch of pathos; the visual style owes a lot to Ridley Scott's KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (2005), with its lengthy pans of lonely isolated, almost primeval landscapes contrasted with dimly-lit interiors illuminated by candlelight. Considerable emphasis has been placed on the elements - sunrises, sunsets, storms, wind and rain - making us aware of how difficult life can be for those trying to establish social and political order. Hence their acts of heroism become all the more noteworthy.

THE LAST KINGDOM might be hokum, but it is nonetheless highly entertaining: we care for the characters and their futures, even if we are well aware of what will happen in the end. As with most adventure novels, there is little doubt that it will have a morally definite ending.


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