The Last Kingdom is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories series of novels. The series premiered on 10 October 2015 on BBC America, and on BBC Two in the UK on 22 October 2015. A second series of eight episodes co-produced by Netflix after the exit of BBC America began airing on BBC Two in the UK.
Set in the late 9th century AD, when England was divided into seven separate kingdoms. The Anglo-Saxon lands are gradually attacked, plundered and in many areas effectively ruled by Viking Danes. The Kingdom of Wessex remains the last major stronghold against the Danes.
The protagonist, the fictional Uhtred of Bebbanburg, is the son of a Saxon nobleman of Northumbria, orphaned after his brother and father are killed by the invading Danes. Only his uncle and step-mother survive. Uhtred, and another Saxon girl Brida, are taken as slaves by the Earl Ragnar, now settled in Danish Northumbria which becomes the two's adopted home as they grow older. However, on the eve of the wedding of Ragnar's daughter Thyra, the hall was set ablaze while they slept. Ragnar was burnt alive, and Thyra is taken a slave. Only Uhtred and Brida escape as they had been in the woods watching the charcoal burn.