Britannia (TV series)

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Britannia
Series title over celtic symbol and eye
GenreHistorical fantasy drama
Created by
Starring
Opening theme
Composer(s)Neil Davidge
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Welsh
No. of series2
No. of episodes19 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Rick McCallum[1]
Production location(s)
  • Czech Republic
  • UK (Wales)
Running time40 - 73 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Global Distribution[2]
Sky Vision[3] (previously)
Release
Original network
Original release18 January 2018 (2018-01-18) –
present
External links
Website

Britannia is a historical fantasy drama[4] series. It was created by Jez Butterworth and Tom Butterworth[5]. The series was the first co-production between Sky and Amazon Prime Video and stars Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Zoë Wanamaker, Mackenzie Crook, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and Eleanor Worthington Cox.[6] It first aired on Sky Atlantic in the UK beginning 18 January 2018 and on Amazon Prime Video in the US beginning 26 January 2018.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

Set in the year 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.[6]

Cast and characters[edit]

Romans[edit]

Cantii[edit]

Regni[edit]

Druids[edit]

Other[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1918 January 2018 (2018-01-18)15 March 2018 (2018-03-15)
2107 November 2019 (2019-11-07)

Series 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleAlternative titleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Episode 1"Woe to the VanquishedMetin 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"Secret AlliancesSue 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"Honor and BetrayalsSue 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"Judgment of the GodsLuke 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"TractationsLuke 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"The Chosen OneSheree 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"Alone in the WorldSheree 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"InitiationChristoph 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"Pax RomanaChristoph 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.

Series 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleAlternative titleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [8][9]
101"Episode 1"Imperial VisitLuke WatsonTom Butterworth7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)
Two years after the invasion, a dead man awakens who could spell the end of everything.
112"Episode 2"May the Gods SpeakLuke WatsonJez Butterworth7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)
The Dead Man sends Hella on a mission. Phelan's new life comes crashing down and Rork's suspicions about Veran lead him into a duel.
123"Episode 3"GenesisLuke WatsonTom Butterworth7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)
Veran gives Ania a terrible choice. Harka brings Phelan under his spell and the next stage of Cait and Divis's prophecy begins.
134"Episode 4"Dark GameRob SavageJez Butterworth7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)
Hella makes Aulus an offer she knows he cannot resist. Phelan fulfils his mission and Cait and Divis' dreams spell new danger.
145"Episode 5"My Sister, the QueenRob SavageTom Butterworth7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)
A dream causes tension between Cait and Divis. Harka sends Love on a heart-breaking mission and Veran commits the ultimate betrayal.
156"Episode 6"The Eagle's ArmsRob SavageJohn Henry Butterworth7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)
Philo and Brutus play a prank, but their timing could not be worse. Harka sends Veran a message. Contains very strong language.
167"Episode 7"Alliance of Dark ForcesLisa James LarssonJohn Henry Butterworth7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)
Vitus returns with a message for Aulus. Ania is placed in an impossible situation and The Traveller tracks down Lucius.
178"Episode 8"A Painful TruthLisa James LarssonTom Butterworth7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)
Aulus outrages Domitius with a confession and Andra discovers the truth about her family. Divis tries to use his powers on Love.
189"Episode 9"The CrossroadsIssa LópezJez Butterworth7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)
Divis gets one last chance to prove himself. Meanwhile, Cait's newfound happiness is cut short as Phelan tries to right his wrongs.
1910"Episode 10"The ChallengeIssa LópezTom Butterworth7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)
Veran and Harka face each other in a challenge only one of them can survive. Cait is forced to face her destiny.

Series 3[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleAlternative titleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
201"Episode 1"TBATBATBATBA (TBA)

Production[edit]

The first series was produced by Rick McCallum, Vertigo Films and Neal Street Productions and shot on location in Czechia and Wales.[10] 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 series.[11] Amazon was not involved in production and did not stream the second season.[12]

The show was renewed for a third series in January 2020.[12] In June 2020, U.S. premium network Epix announced it would partner with Sky to produce the third series. It would also air the first series beginning August 2, 2020, and the second series beginning October 4, 2020.[13]

Reception[edit]

Season Critical response
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 71% (21 reviews) 64 (5 reviews)
2 100% (6 reviews) TBD (0 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".[14] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, it scored 64 out of 100, based on five reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[15] The series premiered to over 1 million viewers according to BARB,[citation needed] but the final episode finished with only 159,000 viewers, a drop of around 90%.[citation needed]

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 "Anarchic drama Britannia lands on EPIX (Sky Group)". CompanyNewsHQ. 30 June 2020. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b Ritman, Alex (3 August 2016). "Sky, Amazon Team on Roman Invasion Drama 'Britannia'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ Grebey, James (17 January 2018). "'Britannia' Looks Likes Like 'Game of Thrones,' But Proudly Dumb". Inverse.
  5. ^ "Britannia: Jez Butterworth talks his first major foray into TV, druids and Brexit". Gerard Gilbert. The Independent. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  6. ^ a b Barraclough, Leo (3 August 2016). "Amazon, Sky Team on Jez Butterworth's 'Britannia,' Starring Kelly Reilly". Variety.
  7. ^ Mariola, Tay (29 January 2018). "Crítica | Britannia – Primeira Temporada (Amazon)". Volts. Archived from the original on 2 February 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018. Há até uma participação especial de ninguém menos que David Bradley, O Walter Frey de Game of Thrones.
  8. ^ "Britannia – Listings". Next Episode. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  9. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (13 October 2019). "Britannia season 2 reveals striking new cast pictures – with Mackenzie Crook as TWO characters". Radio Times. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  10. ^ Harrison, Ellie (18 April 2018). "Where is Britannia filmed?". Radio Times. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  11. ^ McLennan, Cindy (16 March 2018). "Britannia: Season Two; British Historical Fantasy Series Renewed". TV Series Finale.
  12. ^ a b White, Peter (15 January 2020). "Britannia'Britannia' Renewed For Third Season By Sky Atlantic As Amazon Exits Fantasy Drama". Deadline.
  13. ^ White, Peter (29 June 2020). "Britannia'BritanniaEpix Boards Sky Historical Drama 'Britannia', Will Co-Produce Season 3, Air Seasons 1 & 2". Deadline.
  14. ^ "Britannia: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Britannia: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 29 June 2018.

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