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Acclaimed novel adapted for star-studded BBC drama

10 Sep 2021

The North Water by Professor Ian McGuire, who co-founded our Centre for New Writing, has been adapted for a new BBC series featuring a stellar cast

The North Water image BBC

The novel is about a 19th-century whaling ship that sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard. The brutal and stark surroundings of the Arctic are mirrored on board the ship as the book steers a tale of violence and treachery.

Starring Jack O'Connell, Colin Farrell and Stephen Graham, the epic five-part drama premieres on BBC Two today (Friday, 10 September) and will be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast. 

Ian McGuire's gripping thriller was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2016.

Image: BBC