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The North Water: First look at BBC Two drama with Jack O'Connell, Colin Farrell and Stephen Graham

The North Water -Cavendish (SAM SPRUELL), Supporting Artists, Henry Drax (COLIN FARRELL), Captain Brownlee (STEPHEN GRAHAM), Supporting Artists, Patrick Sumner (JACK O’CONNELL), Otto (ROLAND MØLLER) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nick Wall

The BBC has unveiled a first look at its upcoming new drama The North Water.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Ian McGuire, the cinematic drama series is to air this autumn on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

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Adapted for the screen and directed by Andrew Haigh, The North Water is made by See-Saw Films and Rhombus Media for the BBC.

The all star cast features Jack O’Connell as Patrick Sumner, Colin Farrell as Henry Drax, and Stephen Graham as Captain Brownlee, alongside Tom Courtenay as Baxter.

The North Water -  Patrick Sumner (JACK O’CONNELL), Captain Brownlee (STEPHEN GRAHAM) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nick Wall
The North Water - Patrick Sumner (JACK O’CONNELL), Captain Brownlee (STEPHEN GRAHAM) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nick Wall
The North Water - Otto (ROLAND MØLLER) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nick Wall
The North Water - Otto (ROLAND MØLLER) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nick Wall
The North Water - Henry Drax (COLIN FARRELL), Supporting Artists - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nick Wall
The North Water - Henry Drax (COLIN FARRELL), Supporting Artists - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nick Wall

Further casting includes Peter Mullan, Sam Spruell and Roland Møller.

A teaser for the series shares: "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."

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The drama is set in Hull and on the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s with filming taking place in the arctic.

Filming as far as 81 degrees north, the BBC say it is believed a drama series has never filmed further north before.

The North Water - Henry Drax (COLIN FARRELL) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nick Wall
The North Water - Patrick Sumner (JACK O’CONNELL) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Katalin Vermes
The North Water - Baxter (TOM COURTENAY) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nicolas Bolduc
The North Water - Baxter (TOM COURTENAY) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nicolas Bolduc

Writer and director Andrew Haigh said: “The novel by Ian McGuire is a darkly brilliant piece of work, propelled by a vision of the world that is both beautiful and brutal. It feels bracingly modern and is piercingly perceptive about the nature of what drives us all.

"I feel incredibly lucky to be given the chance to bring this story to the screen and very privileged to be doing so with the BBC."

The North Water - Patrick Sumner (JACK O’CONNELL) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nicolas Bolduc
The North Water - Patrick Sumner (JACK O’CONNELL) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nicolas Bolduc
The North Water - Henry Drax (COLIN FARRELL) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nick Wall
The North Water - Henry Drax (COLIN FARRELL) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nick Wall
The North Water - Patrick Sumner (JACK O’CONNELL) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nick Wall
The North Water - Patrick Sumner (JACK O’CONNELL) - (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nick Wall

Stephen Graham added: "Filming on the ship was an incredible experience and one that I will never forget. To be so privileged to see such beautiful animals like polar bears in their natural habitat - albeit it an ever changing one, sadly - was truly remarkable."

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The North Water will debut later this year on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

Picture: (C) See-Saw Films - Photographer: Nick Wall

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