The North Water BBC: Release date, trailer and star-studded cast of Hull whaling ship drama

A star-studded drama based on the doomed voyage of a Hull whaling ship is coming to TV this week.

The North Water tells the fictional story of the Volunteer, a Hull ship bound for the Arctic.

The show has received rave reviews and features an incredible cast including Colin Farrell and Stephen Graham.

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It is an adaptation of Hull-born author Ian McGuire’s acclaimed novel of the same name.

It was long-listed for the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2016 when it was also named by the New York Times as one of the top ten books of the year.

Now the story is being brought to the small screen by See-Saw Films for BBC Two in a new four-part series.

The drama is being adapted and directed by Andrew Haigh, who also directed Tom Courtenay in the Academy Award-nominated film 45 Years.

He 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.”

Here is everything you need to know.

The North Water release date and trailer

The North Water premieres on BBC Two at 9.30pm on Friday, September 10.

Three of the episodes will be an hour long while the finale will run for 90 minutes.

The series has already aired in the US to rave reviews.

A trailer has been posted on Twitter which you can see below.

Cast

Some huge names are starring in the show.

Colin Farrell will play Henry Drax while Jack O’Connell will play Patrick Sumner.

Line of Duty star Stephen Graham, who plays the Volunteer’s captain Brownlee, said: “Filming on the ship was an incredible experience and one that I will never forget.”

It also stars Sam Spruell (Outlaw King), Roland Møller (Atomic Blond), Philip Hill-Pearson (The Bay), Tom Courtenay (King of Thieves), Peter Mullan (Mum, Top of the Lake) and Kieran Urquhart (Vera).

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