The North Water (2021): S01E01 – Behold The Man


The North Water is a BBC Two five-part television series, based on Ian McGuire’s novel of the same name.

The series premiered on AMC+ on 15 July 2021.


In Hull, 1859, Patrick Sumner, a cashiered Irish army surgeon boards the whaling ship Volunteer as its ship’s surgeon under Captain Brownlee. He becomes acquainted with the rest of the crew, including the vulgar first mate Cavendish, whalers Jones, Otto and the especially thuggish and murderous harpooner Henry Drax. Working with the ship’s financier and whaling company head Baxter in an insurance scam, Brownlee plans to sink the Volunteer in northern waters, with the crew being rescued by a nearby ship, the Hastings. Drax and Cavendish, who both are complicit in Baxter’s scheme, discover Sumner is in possession of a valuable ring from the spoils of his time in India, and plan to kill him to sell the ring off. During a sealing expedition, which Sumner participates in, Drax leaves the surgeon behind across an ice floe; Sumner attempts to jump across but falls in the icy waters.

The North Water Series

You can find a full index and overview of The North Water here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 15 July 2021.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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