The Last Kingdom is a historic television series based on the book Saxon Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell. The series premiered on October 10, 2015 on BBC America, and in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on October 22, 2015. The second season of the series was co-produced by Netflix after the departure of BBC America, began broadcasting on the BBC Two in the UK. The series is set in 872, when many of the kingdoms that today make up England fell into the hands of the Vikings. Under the command of King Alfred the Great, the Kingdom of Wessex is the only one that resists attack.
In a mix of heroism, politics, religion, courage, love, loyalty, and the eternal search for identity, the series mixes real figures who are part of history with events and fictional characters. The story follows the young Uhtred, a nobleman who lost his parents in one of the Viking attacks. Taken and raised by them, Uhtred grows up to be a warrior. Later, he sets out to conquer the lands where he was born. Meanwhile, King Alfred faces political and religious problems to unify the kingdoms and transform him into what today is England.