Colin Farrell’s Arctic period drama ‘The North Water’ confirms US start date

It’s finally been announced when The North Water will premiere on US screens!

The BBC’s five-part adaptation of Ian McGuire’s critically acclaimed 2016 novel was first announced way back in 2017 and filming began in 2019.

From the makers of Top of the Lake, the epic mini series is set in the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s.

Colin Farrell (Saving Mr Banks) and Jack O’Connell (Godless) are leading the cast of this “gripping and original story of murder, mystery and survival.”

Ahead of its UK premiere this autumn, The North Water will be available to watch from Thursday 15th July on AMC+ in the US.

Location filming took place primarily in the Arctic, with the cast and crew sailing as far as 81 degrees north to shoot scenes in the pack ice.

Line of Duty star Stephen Graham commented: “Filming on the ship was an incredible experience and one that I will never forget.”

He added: “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 cast also includes Tom Courtenay (The Aeronauts), Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake), Sam Spruell (Outlaw King), Roland Møller (Atomic Blonde), Philip Hill-Pearson (The Bay), and Kieran Urquhart (Vera).

The official synopsis reads: “The North Water 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.

“On board he meets Henry Drax (Farrell), the harpooner, a brutish killer whose amorality has been shaped to fit the harshness of his world.

“Hoping to escape the horrors of his past, Sumner finds himself on an ill-fated journey with a murderous psychopath. In search of redemption, his story becomes a harsh struggle for survival in the Arctic wasteland.”

The North Water will premiere in the UK later this year on BBC Two and on BBC iPlayer.

Ian McGuire’s novel The North Water is available on Amazon.