A fantastically good BBC program I’m watching at the moment is The Last Kindgom based on the books by Bernard Cornwall.
Its closest comparison may be The History Channel’s Vikings, or possibly HBO’s Game of Thrones, but make no mistake – The Last Kingdom does things its own way, with its own voice, with its own style. Forget the criticism that the BBC has had the shadow of Games of Thrones beneath it since the Government consultations – this is not and never will be GoT.
The story tells of Uhtred, the son of a Saxon nobleman who finds himself being raised by the Viking Danes and is subsequently drawn into fighting for both sides (as England is slowly carved up by the Danes and the Saxons).
What I love about this show is that not only is it very well written, but the casting is spot on. Everybody looks and feels the part they play. I love the visual style of the show – with place names shown in old English before morphing into their modern equivalents. Good use is made of cameras attached to drones – they get to places where helicopters cannot, and there are some pretty impressive uses of these drones that add to the show’s visual “vocabulary”.
What also stands out is the music. This is not your standard orchestral fare. John Lunn has teamed up with Eivor to produce a soundtrack that makes use of her unique vocals. This is a truly remarkable soundtrack, and I cannot wait for them to release it.
With just another two episodes to go, I have no idea where the story is going to go. What will become of Uhtred?
This is a keeper, I’m going to be getting the Blu-Ray just as soon as it becomes available.