Vikings (2012 TV series)

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Series titles over a scandinavian landscape
Written byNeil Oliver
Directed byJon Eastman (1)
Rosie Schellenburg (2)
Simon Winchcombe (3)
Presented byNeil Oliver
Composer(s)Ty Unwin
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes3 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Eamon Hardy
Producer(s)Cameron Balbirnie (series)
Jon Eastman (1)
Rosie Schellenburg (2)
Simon Winchcombe (3)
Production company(s)BBC Productions
Original networkBBC 2
Original release11 September (2012-09-11) –
25 September 2012 (2012-09-25)

Vikings is a 2012 BBC television documentary series written and presented by Neil Oliver charting the rise of the Vikings from prehistoric times to the empire of Canute.[1]


No.TitleOriginal air dateUK viewers
1"Episode One"11 September 2012 (2012-09-11)2.23[2]
Oliver goes to Scandinavia to discover the mysterious world of the Vikings' prehistoric ancestors: the remains of weapon-filled war boats, long-haired Bronze Age farmers, and a Swedish site of a royal palace and gruesome pagan rituals from which the Viking Age was to suddenly erupt.
2"Episode Two"18 September 2012 (2012-09-18)2.09[2]
Oliver heads east from the Scandinavian homelands, to trace the beginnings of a vast trading empire of Viking explorers through Russia and Turkey, starting from rivers of eastern Europe and ranging as far as Istanbul and Bagdad, to bring back Chinese silks and Buddhist statues. Within the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Viking runes were scratched into the marble. In the west, raids on Britain and Ireland commenced exploiting the wealth of Anglo-Saxon England.
3"Episode Three"25 September 2012 (2012-09-25)1.82[2]
Oliver heads west, tracing the Norse voyages of discovery to Iceland and Greenland. This episode also covers the first Danish kings and the Christian conversions, earlier than first thought, that opened the door to European high society. The blackmailing of English kings by way of the Danegeld culminated in a Viking conquest of England and the rise of Danish King Cnut (Canute), who eventually lost control of the Viking empire, ruled England for twenty years, and was interred in Winchester cathedral.


A 304-page book authored by Oliver and titled Vikings: A History was published by W&N on 4 October 2012.[3] In addition, a 177-minute PAL region 2 DVD version of the series was released by the BBC on 12 November 2012 [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vikings". BBC Two Programmes. BBC. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. Archived from the original on 18 April 2007.
  3. ^ Oliver, Neil (2012). Vikings: A History. Amazon UK. Great Britain: W&N (published 4 October 2012). ISBN 978-0297867876. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Vikings [DVD]". Amazon UK. BBC. Retrieved 7 October 2012.

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