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The North Water

Set in the UK and the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s, The North Water 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. On board he meets Henry Drax, 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.

Show Info

Web channel: United Kingdom BBC iPlayer (2021 - 2021)
Average Runtime: 59 minutes
Status: Ended
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Drama Mystery
Episodes ordered: 5 episodes
Created by: Andrew Haigh

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7.2 (37 votes)

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Previous Episode

To Live Is to Suffer

Episode 1x05; Sep 10, 2021

After healing in a missionary cabin, Sumner returns to Hull to demand money from Baxter to start a new life. Can he outrun his demons, and has he really seen the last of Henry Drax?

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x05: To Live Is to SufferSep 10, 2021
1x04: The Devils of the EarthSep 10, 2021
1x03: Homo Homini LupusSep 10, 2021
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Recent discussions

LeonKennedy posted a year ago

I'm absolutely in love with this show!! Whaling and then ending up being stranded in the midst of nowhere... Quite the dilemma... 

Extra Details

Also known as:
  • Északi vizeken (Hungary Hungary)
  • Iskaldt hav (Norway Norway)


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