Dreaming about Uhtred

Truly, it would be a dream to see Richard Armitage in this:

BBC AMERICA Announces New Drama Series The Last Kingdom
Published: July 9, 2014

An adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling book series by BAFTA nominated and Royal Television Society award-winning writer Stephen Butchard

New York – July 9, 2014 – BBC AMERICA, Carnival Films – the Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning producers of Downton Abbey – and BBC Two announced today that production will begin this fall on The Last Kingdom, a new historical 8 x 60 drama series.

BAFTA nominated and RTS award-winning writer Stephen Butchard, (Good Cop, Five Daughters, House of Saddam), will adapt Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling franchise “The Saxon Stories” for the screen. Cornwell is also known for his much-loved “Sharpe” novels that became the long-running TV series of the same name starring Sean Bean and aired on BBC AMERICA.

Set in the year 872, when many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Vikings, the great kingdom of Wessex has been left standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred the Great.

Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred. Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is orphaned by the Vikings and then kidnapped 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 Viking? On a quest to claim 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, seek to recapture his ancestral lands.

The rest here

Those of you who are so adept at PhotoShop need to make us a cool graphic to swoon over. :D I’m serious despite my grin. It would be an even bigger grin if there was a graphic.

Wait a minute. Google yields all sorts of goodies. Here we go:


and another one:


These are both by Vivayn and can be found at RichardArmitageNet.com

Yes, my grin just got much bigger, and for anyone wanting to make their own, some inspiration:

Thorin cum Uhtred

Before you ask, no, I have not forgotten I promised to have a giveaway of Lords of the North audio book.


  1. It will be as violent, bloody and aggressive as Vikings and Game of Thrones. Not my cup of tea, sadly – even though Cornwell’s series is simply superb. The aim here is to compete with Vikings and GoT and compete strongly, building on the massive global audience those two series have already garnered. So blood and guts is a given.

  2. Sad news. The BBC and it’s political correctness would ruin what is an amazing story.

  3. Any chance that a production by BBC would be somewhat less violent than History, or at least HBO? BBC is usually so strong on story and skillful acting, should make up for reduced gore, at least with the story-minded contingent :)

    And no mention of casting here yet, apparently….. fascinating to see what develops.

  4. Alex, would it help if you knew it was going to be done by BBC America, or does it matter? Serious question.

  5. Prue,

    You are probably right, but heck, The Hobbit is a bit gory.

  6. Frenz, The Hobbit is a Christmas picnic compared to GoT and Vikings. I lasted one #ep with GoT and at 15 minutes into Vikings, both OH and I switched channels. And this from someone who was required to up the violence in the last book in The Gisborne Trilogy!

    I don’t think it would matter whether it was HBO or BBC-America producing it, the bottom line is always the dollar and Cornwell’s novels despite their brilliance, ARE bloody, so I doubt they will back away from that, especially if they want to entice the fan-base of those other two series. But of course, I would love to be proved wrong.

  7. Oh now wouldn’t that be just so very nice.

  8. Prue, I have mixed emotions about the violence. I watch so little tv that I have never seen GoT nor The Vikings and didn’t realize they were that gory. Maybe that’s a good thing? :D

  9. I have no opinion of the content posted here because I was too distracted by your post script. I truly want a copy of Lords of the North. :-)

  10. Well, hang on ’cause I’m going to give one away in the next couple of months.

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