The North Water is a new limited series set in the 1850s, that sees Colin Farrell as part of a whaling expedition that runs into rough waters.

Hey, if you think it was bad of us to dive into the water puns, how about series producers AMC and the BBC, who describe it as an “immersive drama”? Sometimes you just have to go there.

Anyway, their description of the five-episode series continues thusly: “Set in Hull, England, and on the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s, the series follows the story of Patrick Sumner, a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as the ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. But the ferocity of the elements is matched by the violence of his crew mates, particularly Henry Drax, a harpooner and 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.”

Based on the best-selling novel by Ian McGuire, and adapted and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years), Jack O’Connell, Tom Courtenay and Stephen Graham star alongside Farrell.

The North Water kicks off this week.