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New photos have been released from upcoming BBC drama The North Water.
The show is set in Hull and the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s, and stars Stephen Graham (Time, The Irishman, Snatch), Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges, Phone Booth) and Jack O'Connell (This Is England, Skins, Godless).
No doubt the sentence above alone is enough to have your interest - but what's it all about?
Here's the synopsis: "Based on the acclaimed novel by Ian McGuire, 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."
OK, now it really has our attention.
To make the show, the cast and crew actually headed to 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 been filmed.
That's a wrap on THE NORTH WATER! Thanks to our incredible cast & crew in the Arctic & Budapest, especially our skipper Andrew Haigh. Here is @StephenGraham73, Philip Hill-Pearson, Jack O'Connell & Stephen McMillan posing for their boyband album cover in the Arctic... :snowflake::blue_heart: pic.twitter.com/30MfaH6Ivd- northwatertv (@NorthWaterTV) December 18, 2019
Graham - who plays Captain Brownlee - said: "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."
The North Water will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer this autumn, with an exact release date yet to be confirmed.
For now I guess we just have to be patient - and watch/rewatch the Graham drama which is currently on iPlayer, Time... If The North Water is half as good as that, then we're in for a treat.
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