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  • #16241

    anonymous
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    The book, as featured in the BHP book club, is being dramatised by the BBChttp://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/the-last-kingdomApparently they are hoping to lure fans of A Game of Thrones to watch the series.Personally I'd rather see the Warlord Chronicles adapted but I will certainly be watching.

  • #20071

    boudicakickedass
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    Since this is debuting this week, I started reading the book series. So far, the book mentions many of the people that Jamie lists in his timeline, although not quite in the same roles or relationships. I haven't gotten to the Viking period on the podcasts yet. I'm looking forward to comparing the historical fiction with the history. 

  • #20072

    anonymous
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    Hey Gary,I agree, I'd rather see the Warlord Series, but the Saxon Chronicles are very very good.I am looking forward to it

  • #20073

    anonymous
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    Any opinions on the show?From a dramatic point of view, I thought the first episode was choppy, but the pacing has improved since then.I've read the entire series so far and the lead actor is nothing like what I pictured Utred as, and it looks to me like he was cast because he's traditionally handsome. Honestly, I'd pictured him in my mind as bigger, and one who doesn't look intelligent even though he is.The casting of Alfred though, I feel was spot on. Without the benefit of modern medicine, I suspect someone with Crohn's Disease (or one similar) would appear emaciated.Any other thoughts?

  • #20074

    anonymous
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    I agree, Uhtred does not look like I had pictured him, but Alfred is perfect!  I have also read the series, and love the books, although the historical accuracy may not be as accurate as the books are entertaining.  The books did bring a part of history to my attention that I knew very little about until Jamie came along.  They do demonstrate the warrior nature of both the Saxons and the Danes.   

  • #20075

    anonymous
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    Well, yes, not as “manly” and a lot less cocky. It wasn't bad though. Alfred though… as you started was great.

  • #20076

    anonymous
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    I really enjoyed episodes 1-5, all told. The history has been pretty good, and watching Alfred's kingdom through the eyes of a fictional character was a smart way to cover the period. I really thought to myself, “finally! A show that has a good story AND doesn't sacrifice the history!”But... I honestly feel like episode 6 just killed the entire series for me. I know the series is based on a book, but I feel like we're wading down into "Vikings" quality narrative here. Characters randomly come in and out of the episode, characters are acting inconsistently with previous episodes, and really it just feels like a whole different show than the one I've been watching. The whole "adventure" had an extremely tenuous connection to the narrative the first five episodes have been building, and really feels shoehorned in to get "conflict" to happen. Uhtred seems to have forgotten the previous four episodes and is acting as if he's just stepped foot in Wessex for the first time. I honestly feel like he should have been executed a few times now, and why Alfred and the Bishop keep giving him breaks is kind of beyond me. I get that he helped them in battle, but he's a completely unrepentant, disrespectful pagan who just completely fails to fit into their rules and society at all.

  • #20077

    anonymous
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    I liked the series a lot. There are several points of improvements and inconsistencies all around but it is still better than a lot of things out there. A crucial point that's certainly lacking is the Pagan vs Christian religious debates, including Northmen religious customs… there are lot of things that are just not explained like why they want to die with sword in hand, etc…. Also Uthred's conflict is being poorly played out, he loves the “Danes”, and we do know why he does in the books, but on the series we see very little as to why he'd feel that way.

  • #20078

    anonymous
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    I enjoyed the show a lot. I also would recommend the books they are a great quick read. He also did a interesting series on Arthur

  • #29397

    Jonathan McLeod
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    The Steapa character is not at all what I imagined. He is very one dimensional in the novels and I don’t like how Cornwell ended his story line. It appears the screenwriters didn’t like the character/storyline either, killing him off in the first season

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