The Last Kingdom (Netflix)

The Last Kingdom tells the story of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a Saxon noble who is captured and raised by the Danes, first as a slave and then as a son. His future will be one of battle within and without, fighting against powerful warlords and struggling between his love for the Danes and their culture and his duty for the Saxons led by King Alfred.

At the centre of The Last Kingdom is its characters and the show presents and develops then masterfully. The acting is surprisingly good, I would say the majority of the show is good and accurate. There are some parts and characters that you can believe and historically they can be supported, but then there are others that come along later in reality. But I don’t actually think this detracts much from the series’. This Netflix series has had money thrown at and it works really well, especially the battle sequences throughout each series as they very ‘real’ and believable.

Add to that a great score, beautiful scenery and great acting (although a little bit inconsistent in some moments) and you have the recipes for a series that stand tall and deserves to be seen. No matter what you like, The Last Kingdom (the first two episodes together are a nice demonstration of everything good about this story) might offer something for you. I would recommend this series’ and I would say it is produced to a far better standard than the BBC usually does. The story is very good and the characters and people are very believable, certainly worth a watch. I’m currently on series four and I’m happy to keep watching.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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