The Last Kingdom, remarkably, already feels lived in, the focus on character motivation and thematic depth making sure that the show is more than just an excuse to watch Vikings and Englishmen rip each other apart.
Uhtred's trials intensify when he joins Alfred's quest to unite the kingdoms into England, creating an epic backdrop for a handsome, stellar cast and expert storytellers to weave television's latest addictive historical fiction.
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938 complaints were made about coverage of the Middle East situation being too pro-Palestinian, a further 813 complained that it was too pro-Israeli, 809 viewers complained that Iain Watters had been unfairly eliminated from The Great British Bake Off.
The host Richard Osman told them the answer was wrong, and said the correct answer was ‘pixel’.
Several viewers contacted to the BBC at the time to complain he should have accepted their answer as equally valid.
A BBC spokesman said: ‘Following the programme’s original broadcast in 2012, a query was raised around the phrasing of one of the questions.
This had no bearing on the outcome of the show but on balance we decided it was best not to repeat the episode.
In the series premiere, Uhtred's father dies in battle and his inheritance and lands are seized by Uhtred's uncle Aelfric, a puppet-lord for the Danes.