BBC America and "Downton Abbey" producer Carnival Films are teaming to co-produce the eight-part historical series "The Last Kingdom" for BBC Two.
Based on "Sharpe" author Bernard Cornwell's book series "The Saxon Stories," the series will combine real historical figures and events with fictional characters during the reign of Alfred the Great, king of Wessex, as he fought off the Viking invaders who successfully conquered much of the rest of England.
The story follows Uhtred, a noble Saxon whose parents are killed by the Vikings. He's kidnapped and raise as one of them. He must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to claim his birthright and recapture his ancestral lands.
Stephen Butchard ("Good Cop," "House Of Saddam") is scripting, while Butchard, Gareth Neame and Nigel Marchant will executive produce. Filming begins this Fall with casting yet to be confirmed.