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The North Water

The North Water

  • Premiered: 
    July 15, 2021
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  • Network: AMC+
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2016 book (The North Water) by Ian McGuire 
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Plot Synopsis

Based on Ian McGuire's novel of the same name, THE NORTH WATER is a five-part drama series tells the story of Patrick Sumner, a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as ship's doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. But the ferocity of the elements is matched by the violence of his crew mates, with Drax, a harpooner and distinctly brutal force of nature. As the true purpose of the expedition becomes clear, confrontation between the two men erupts, taking them on a journey far from solid ground and beyond the safe moorings of civilization. Adapted for the screen and directed by Andrew Haigh, THE NORTH WATER is set in Hull and on the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s. The cast and production team sailed as far as 81 degrees north to film sequences in the pack ice, the furthest point north it is believed a drama series has ever filmed before. THE NORTH WATER dropped on AMC+ on Thursday, July 15, 2021, with a new episode debuting each Thursday through August 12. THE NORTH WATER made its linear television debut on Sunday, April 24, 2022 from 10pm-12:50am ET/PT, as BBC America debuted back-to-back episodes.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by See-Saw Films
  • Co-produced with Rhombus Media
  • Distributed internationally by BBC Studios