Cornwell is best known for his Sharpe series, mainly because that's the one that was made into a TV series (starring a young Sean Bean, who did not die). But now he's got a second show coming: THE LAST KINGDOM, based on his novels about Uhtred of Northumbria.
The opening title sequence is pretty cool too... graphics like GAME OF THRONES meets 300 meets BONANZA.
I can't wait! If the BBC did justice to Cornwell's books, this show should kick ass.
ADDENDUM, A FEW DAYS LATER: Saw the first episode, and thought it was terrific. Very faithful to Cornwell's book.