A brand new BBC Two drama, The North Water hit’s screens tonight, September 10th, and it is sure to get viewers obsessed.

The series is based on the popular novel by Ian McGuire as it tells the story of Patrick Sumner played by Television Workshop’s very own Jack O’Connell.

Patrick is an ex-army surgeon who signs up as the ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. Aboard the ship, he faces the demons of his past as he embarks on a journey with some brutal crewmates.

The North Water | Trailer | BBC

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Where was The North Water filmed?

Filming primarily took place where the series is set which is in the Arctic, however other shooting locations involve Svalbard in Norway and Hungary.

This particular location was north of the Svalbard Archipelago, the crew went 81 degrees north to film some scenes, according to the BBC, this is the furthest point north a drama series has ever filmed.

Of course, the three-mast barque is where the cast stayed filming for four weeks and where most of the action takes place. Activ was built in Denmark in 1951 as a cargo ship and has now been used for the filming of The North Water.

Some of the other filming for The North Water was done in Hungary, Norway, Canada, England, and Budapest. As the original novel is set in Hull, the film crew used Basingstoke to try and replicate this scenery.

BBC Two’s The North Water

The cast is show-stopping, with Jack O’Connell as Patrick Sumner, Colin Farrell as Henry Drax, and Stephen Graham as Captain Brownlee.

Jack told The Guardian: “The experience was amazing – the constant awareness of the threat of polar bears, occasional visits from walruses popping up from under the ice. It made for something altogether unforgettable.”

The North Water starts tonight, September 10th, 2021 at 9.30 pm on BBC Two. Episodes will then begin to air weekly on Friday evenings, although, if you just can’t wait for the next episodes the full five-part series will become available on BBC iPlayer after the first episode airs.

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