The North Water on ABC – Disgraced ex-army doctor Patrick Sumner (Jack O’Connell) joins The Volunteer as a ship’s surgeon, hoping to lose himself in the tough physicality of an Arctic whaling trip.

But the ferocity of the elements is matched by the violence of his crew mates. In particular, is Henry Drax (Colin Farrell), a harpooner, and a distinctly brutal force of nature.

As the true purpose of the expedition becomes clear, confrontation between the two men erupts taking them on a journey far from solid ground and way beyond the safe moorings of civilisation.

Starring Jack O’Connell, Colin Farrell , Stephen Graham (The Walk-In), Tom Courtenay, Peter Mullan.

EPISODE 2

Sumner is rescued, and against all odds, lives. He resumes work and is visited by Joseph Hannah, the cabin boy. Sumner looks him over and makes a horrifying discovery, but when the crew spot and then kill their first whale, the incident is forgotten.

The next day, a body is found. A suspect is quickly put forward – but Sumner can’t escape a feeling of dread that Drax is the true culprit.

The North Water – Saturday 20 May, 2023 at 8:15pm on ABC and ABC iview

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The North Water on ABC