Gallery: The North Water
Period drama from See-Saw Films, shot at the furthest point north a drama series has ever filmed.
BBC has released photos of upcoming period drama The North Water from See-Saw Films, starring Jack O’Connell, Colin Farrell and Stephen Graham.
Adapted for the screen and directed by Andrew Haigh, the series also includes Tom Courtenay, Sam Spruell and Roland Møller.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Ian McGuire, the five-part series tells the story of Patrick Sumner (O’Connell), a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. But the ferocity of the elements is matched by the violence of his crew mates, with Drax (Farrell), a harpooner and distinctly brutal force of nature. As the true purpose of the expedition becomes clear, confrontation between the two men erupts, taking them on a journey far from solid ground and beyond the safe moorings of civilisation.
Set in Hull and on the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s, The North Water’s location work took place primarily in the Arctic, shooting on the frozen seas north of the Svalbard Archipelago. The cast and production team sailed as far as 81 degrees north to film sequences in the pack ice, the furthest point north it is believed a drama series has ever filmed before.
Updated: It will screen in Australia on BBC First, Foxtel On Demand and Binge.
Executive producers are Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman for See-Saw Films, Niv Fichman for Rhombus Media, and Jo McClellan for the BBC.