Based on the acclaimed novel by Ian McGuire, The North Water is a five-part series that 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 crewmates, with Drax (Farrell), a harpooner and distinctly brutal force of nature.
As the true purpose of the expedition becomes clear, a confrontation between the two men erupts, taking them on a journey far from solid ground and beyond the safe moorings of civilisation.
Here’s the trailer:
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.
The North Water is directed by Andrew Haigh (Weekend) who created the miniseries, and the 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.
Starring alongside O’Connell, Farrell, and Graham is Tom Courtenay as Baxter with Peter Mullan, Sam Spruell and Roland Møller.
The North Water will premiere in the US on July 15th on AMC+ and continue through August 12th. It will premiere in the UK on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer this autumn.