Britannia (TV series)

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Britannia
Series title over celtic symbol and eye
Genre Historical fantasy
Created by
Starring
Composer(s) Neil Davidge
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Welsh
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 9 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Rick McCallum[1]
Production location(s)
  • Czech Republic
  • UK (Wales)
Production company(s)
Distributor Sky Vision[2]
Release
Original network
Original release 18 January 2018 (2018-01-18) – present

Britannia is a British-American historical fantasy[3] series written by Jez Butterworth. The nine-part[4] series is the first co-production between Sky and Amazon Prime Video, and stars Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Zoë Wanamaker, Liana Cornell and Stanley Weber.[5] It aired on Sky Atlantic in the UK (all 9 episodes available on "Sky On Demand" in the UK from 18 January 2018) and on Amazon Prime Video in the US (streaming began 26 January 2018).[2]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
19January 18, 2018 (2018-01-18)March 15, 2018 (2018-03-15)

Synopsis[edit]

Set in AD 43, the series follows the Roman conquest of Britain — "a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld." Celtic rivals Kerra and Antedia must work together to fight off the Roman invasion led by Aulus Plautius.[5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Romans[edit]

Cantii[edit]

Regni[edit]

Druids[edit]

Other[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Episode 1"Metin HüseyinJez Butterworth and Tom Butterworth18 January 2018 (2018-01-18)
In 43AD, a nation is rocked by the arrival of an Empire.
22"Episode 2"Sue TullyTom Butterworth25 January 2018 (2018-01-25)
Having marked Rome's arrival with blood, Aulus sends envoys to parley with the tribes of Britannia, while also looking to learn more about the Druids.
33"Episode 3"Sue TullyJez Butterworth and Richard McBrien1 February 2018 (2018-02-01)
Aulus is reborn, but his destiny remains unclear. Cait is able to locate her father, but she can't free him from the Roman camp alone.
44"Episode 4"Luke WatsonTom Butterworth8 February 2018 (2018-02-08)
King Pellanor disowns Kerra and leaves her life in the hands of the Druids. But the gods' judgement is not what he expected.
55"Episode 5"Luke WatsonJez Butterworth15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
The gods have spoken, but Kerra must decide if she will accept their ruling. Antedia seals an alliance with Rome - on one condition.
66"Episode 6"Sheree FolksonTom Butterworth22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
After their long ordeal, Cait and her father finally arrive at the safety of the Cantii citadel, but a demon is on her trail.
77"Episode 7"Sheree FolksonJez Butterworth1 March 2018 (2018-03-01)
Cait and her father seek shelter in the ruins of their old home, where she is visited by someone she never expected to see again.
88"Episode 8"Christoph SchreweJez Butterworth8 March 2018 (2018-03-08)
The battle of wills between Kerra and Antedia intensifies, as the Regni play their trump card. Aulus enlists deadly exiles to find Cait.
99"Episode 9"Christoph SchreweTom Butterworth15 March 2018 (2018-03-15)
The end appears to be close for the Cantii, as Aulus unveils how the Roman Empire truly conducts business.

Production[edit]

Advertising of the series on a First Leeds bus

The series was produced by Rick McCallum and shot on location in the Czech Republic and Wales.[citation needed] Most dialogue in the series is spoken in English, which is used mostly to represent Vulgar Latin spoken by the Romans and Brythonic spoken by the Celts. Latin and Welsh are also used to represent Vulgar Latin and Brythonic, respectively.[citation needed]

In March 2018, it was announced that Sky Atlantic had renewed the show for a second season.[7]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Season Critical response
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 71% (21 reviews) 64 (5 reviews)

The first season received positive reviews. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 71% approval rating, with an average rating of 6.57/10 based on 21 reviews, with site's critics consensus saying "Brilliantly bonkers, Britannia's duplicitous characters and campy fantasy won't be for everyone, but those looking for less-serious swords and sorcery may enjoy its spellbinding madness".[8] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, it scored 64 out of 100, based on five reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tartaglione, Nancy (3 August 2016). "Sky & Amazon To Rule 'Britannia'; Jez Butterworth Penning Event Period Drama". Deadline.com. 
  2. ^ a b Ritman, Alex (3 August 2016). "Sky, Amazon Team on Roman Invasion Drama 'Britannia'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  3. ^ Grebey, James (January 17, 2018). "'Britannia' Looks Likes Like 'Game of Thrones,' But Proudly Dumb". Inverse. 
  4. ^ Gompertz, Will (20 January 2018). "Will Gompertz reviews Sky Atlantic's drama Britannia". BBC News. 
  5. ^ a b Barraclough, Leo (3 August 2016). "Amazon, Sky Team on Jez Butterworth's 'Britannia,' Starring Kelly Reilly". Variety. 
  6. ^ Mariola, Tay (29 Jan 2018). "Crítica | Britannia – Primeira Temporada (Amazon)". Volts. Retrieved February 1, 2018. Há até uma participação especial de ninguém menos que David Bradley, O Walter Frey de Game of Thrones. 
  7. ^ McLennan, Cindy (16 March 2018). "Britannia: Season Two; British Historical Fantasy Series Renewed". TV Series Finale. 
  8. ^ "Britannia: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved June 29, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Britannia: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 29, 2018. 

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