Preview: The North Water

Jack O’Connell and Stephen Graham battle against the cold, and themselves, in this three-parter. Photo: BBC/See Saw

In this new BBC mini series, based on the Ian McGuire novel, we see the story of Patrick Sumner (Jack O’Connell), an army surgeon shamefully kicked out and looking for a new start. He signs up as the doctor on a whaling ship as they go on an expedition to the Arctic.

Sumner shares a ship with the brutish harpooner and amoral killer, Henry Drax (Colin Farrell) with whom he must undertake an ill-fated journey that becomes a harsh struggle for survival in the cold North Water.

The North Water – Friday at 9.30pm on BBC Two