Interview by Drew Pearson and Paul Salfen
THE WINTER KING Executive Producers Julie Gardner and Lachlan MacKinnon Talk To Drew Pearson and Paul Salfen about how hard it is to produce a period piece that is pre-history.
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THE WINTER KING is an MGM+ original series and a bold and revisionist take on well-loved Arthurian legends, based on Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles series. Produced by Sony Pictures Television-owned Bad Wolf, filming took place in Wales and the West Country. Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders, His Dark Materials) serves as lead director and executive producer, alongside Toby Leslie.
The Winter King is set in the fifth century, long before Britain was united, in a brutal land of warring factions and tribes, where lives were often fleeting. The series follows Arthur Pendragon as he evolves from outcast to legendary warrior and leader.
The series stars Iain De Caestecker (THE CONTROL ROOM, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Arthur Pendragon, alongside Eddie Marsan (THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND THE CANOE, DECEIT) as High King Uther, Ellie James (GIRI/HAJI, I MAY DESTROY YOU) as Nimue, Nathaniel Martello-White (SMALL AXE, I HATE SUZIE) as Merlin, Stuart Campbell (ROGUE HEROES, CLIQUE) as Derfel, Daniel Ings (I HATE SUZIE, THE CROWN) as Owain, Valene Kane (THE FALL, GANGS OF LONDON) as Morgan, Jordan Alexandra (MAMMALS) as Guinevere, and Simon Merrells (GOOD OMENS, KNIGHTFALL) as Gundleus.
The ensemble cast also features Steven Elder (THE KING, A SPY AMONG FRIENDS) as Bishop Bedwin, Andrew Gower (OUTLANDER, CARNIVAL ROW) as Sansum, Aneirin Hughes (KEEPING FAITH, DREAM HORSE) as Gorfydd, Emily John (MY POLICEMAN) as Ceinwyn, Tatjana Nardone (DEVILS, STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS) as Ladwyss, Ken Nwosu (KILLING EVE, THE LETTER FOR THE KING) as Sagramor, and Billy Postlethwaite (THE GREAT, CHERNOBYL) as Cadwys.
Kate Brooke (BANCROFT, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES) and Ed Whitmore (SILENT WITNESS, MANHUNT) adapted Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles and act as executive producers. Julie Gardner (DOCTOR WHO, I HATE SUZIE), Lachlan MacKinnon (INDUSTRY, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES) and Jane Tranter (HIS DARK MATERIALS, SUCCESSION) serve as executive producers with Sherry Marsh (POSE, VIKINGS). Shelley Browning and Kenneth L. Browning are also executive producers, and the drama is produced by Catrin Lewis Defis for Bad Wolf, in association with One Big Picture. Sony Pictures Television is distributing The Winter King worldwide, and the series will stream on ITVX in the UK later this year.