The North Water

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  • TV-MA
  • 2024
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (16,208)

The North Water is a thrilling miniseries adaptation of Ian McGuire's novel of the same name, which premiered on BBC Two in September 2021. Set in the late 19th century, The North Water follows Patrick Sumner (played by Jack O'Connell), a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs aboard a whaling vessel called the Volunteer as the ship's doctor. The Volunteer is captained by a brutal, enigmatic figure named Brownlee (played by Stephen Graham), and the crew also includes a menacing harpooner named Henry Drax (played by Colin Farrell).

As the ship sets out on its dangerous and bloody expedition into the Arctic, tensions among the crew escalate, and the harsh realities of life at sea begin to take their toll on everyone aboard. Meanwhile, Sumner is haunted by his past and struggling with addiction, and Drax proves to be a vicious and unpredictable presence on the ship. With each passing day, the crew faces increasingly treacherous conditions and terrifying threats, and it soon becomes clear that not everyone will make it back alive.

In addition to its gripping and intense story, The North Water is also notable for its stunning visuals and top-notch performances from its talented cast. Farrell in particular shines as the terrifying Drax, delivering a harrowing and unforgettable portrayal of a man consumed by his own darkness.

Other standout performances include O'Connell as Sumner, whose nuanced and sympathetic portrayal brings depth and complexity to an already layered character. Graham is also excellent as the ruthless and mysterious Brownlee, masterfully conveying both his power and his vulnerability.

Rounding out the cast are Tom Courtenay as Baxter, the Volunteer's aging cook, and Peter Mullan as Priestley, a former naval officer who joins the expedition as a wealthy investor. Both actors deliver strong performances, with Courtenay providing moments of comic relief amidst the darkness and Mullan lending an air of authority and gravitas to his role.

Overall, The North Water is a thrilling, beautifully crafted miniseries that blends historical drama, action, and horror to stunning effect. With its strong performances, striking visuals, and gripping story, it's a must-see for fans of intense, atmospheric television.

The North Water is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on May 28, 2024.

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Seasons
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
September 10, 2021
After healing in a missionary cabin, Sumner returns to Hull to demand money from Baxter to start a new life. Can he outrun his demons, and has he really seen the last of Henry Drax?
To Live Is to Suffer
5. To Live Is to Suffer
August 12, 2021
After healing in a missionary cabin, Sumner returns to Hull to demand money from Baxter to start a new life. Can he outrun his demons, and has he really seen the last of Henry Drax?
The Devils of the Earth
4. The Devils of the Earth
August 5, 2021
Drax has a daring opportunity to escape, but must convince Cavendish to help him. Otto's vision coming to life, Sumner hunts a bear, but strays too far into icy oblivion.
Homo Homini Lupus
3. Homo Homini Lupus
July 29, 2021
A discovery by Sumner sends Drax into a murderous rage. Cavendish proves crucial in Baxter and Brownlee's plan. An arctic storm rages and threatens the safety of the ship's crew.
We Men Are Wretched Things
2. We Men Are Wretched Things
July 22, 2021
Drax has a daring opportunity to escape, but must convince Cavendish to help him. Otto's vision coming to life, Sumner hunts a bear, but strays too far into icy oblivion.
Behold The Man
1. Behold The Man
July 15, 2021
A disgraced ex-army surgeon signs up as a ship's doctor on a whaling expedition bound for the Artic. He meets a brutish killer who is the Harpooner onboard the Whaling ship. A historical novel turned into a mini-series.
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Where to Watch The North Water
The North Water is available for streaming on the BBC Two website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The North Water on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 28, 2024
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (16,208)