The North Water (2021): S01E02 – We Men Are Wretched Things


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.


Sumner manages to crawl out of the water, being saved by Jones and recovers from frostbite on the Volunteer, which proceeds to head further north. The whalers, led by Drax, catch and kill their first whale. After his recovery, Sumner is visited by cabin boy Joseph Hannah, who complains about a stomach ache; upon examination Sumner discovers Hannah has been sodomised. Reporting it to Brownlee, the captain becomes determined to find the culprit, but Hannah refuses to name his assailant out of fear. Suspicions fall on carpenter McKendrick when Drax gives an eyewitness account of Hannah and McKendrick being together; Sumner examines McKendrick and believes he is innocent. Hannah is later found dead in an oil barrel, having been strangled and missing part of his front tooth. McKendrick is imprisoned, and Sumner begins to suspect Drax.

The North Water Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 22 July 2021.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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