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Gareth Neame: ‘The Last Kingdom’ More ‘Downton Abbey’ & ‘The Tudors’ Than ‘Game Of Thrones’ – TCA

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Do not compare Carnival Films’ new BBC America series The Last Kingdom to HBO’s Game Of Thrones (many have), the former’s EP Gareth Neame told TV critics this morning at TCA, after one of them did just that and asked him to discuss.

“I’m a huge admirer of Game Of Thrones but that is fantasy,” Neame said. “We have no dragons.” And, while he hopes viewers watch The Last Kingdom “as a piece of entertainment, the facts behind it are true,” whereas Game Of Thrones, not so much. What it has in common is the action and battles and the look, “but this has a much more documentary feel about it.”

“History is at the heart of” the series, Neame said of the project, based on the bestselling book series The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell, “who is the most successful writer of historical fiction globally,” Neame said. “What…

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