My first installment of my Date Night feature is going to be a little different. How you ask? Well I’m going to introduce a show that my husband and I have watching every spare chance that we have (when the kiddies happen to sleep at the same time, which, is pretty rare.) That show is….
The Last Kingdom on BBC!
The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred. Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred. Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes 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 Dane? On a quest to reclaim 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, recapture his ancestral lands.
Boy does that summary do this show justice in describing the pure joy that I feel that this series is. A few times in the past I’ve expressed my love for history and my little history loving heart sang at how well this story was done. On November 28th the first season ended and boy was it an awesome ending! But as awesome as it was, and how it tied some loose ends and (no spoiler) didn’t end in a cliff hanger, it made me want so much more. So this has spurred me on to sing the praises of this show now! So for my first Date Night feature I’m going to give you…
Three Reasons Why YOU should watch The Last Kingdom
1. The acting:
No I’m serious when I say that the acting is beyond much of what I’ve seen lately; especially for those shows adapted from a book. I found myself drawn into the struggles Uhtred was facing battling two different worlds and trying to find where it is he truly belongs. The struggles of the Saxon’s trying to keep their country from the warring Pagan Danes. Seriously, for this one alone you should definitely give it a try. The fact that this story was adapted from The Last Kingdom by and is a book to television adaptation and it spurred my husband (who has been going through the largest reading slump ever) to read the books due to the awesome acting is praise enough for me!
Oh and can I just introduce you to Alexander Dreymon, also known as Uhlred
2. The writing:
To give praise only for the acting would be foolish. The Last Kingdom has a lot of awesome people behind the scenes that also make it such an awesome show. The producers behind the series are Carnival Films, producers of another little British series called Downton Abbey. And, the writer, Stephen Butchard, is a BAFTA-nominated writer behind many other award-winning shows in the U.K. What more can I say?
3. Love Game of Thrones? Try The Last Kingdom
Unfortunately, as much as I would love Game of Thrones to be aired 365 days a year it just cannot be done. As a fan I need to get my fix of intrigue, scheming, bloodlust, castles, and guys dressed in fur! For those of you without HBO and have to wait for Game of Thrones to come out on Blu-ray/Amazon, The Last Kingdom is on a free channel! Win, Win right?