Britannia (TV series)

Britannia is a historical fantasy drama[4] television show. It was created by Jez Butterworth and Tom Butterworth.[5] The show 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] The first series aired on Epix beginning 2 August 2020.[7]

Britannia
Series title over celtic symbol and eye
Genre
Created by
Starring
Opening theme
ComposerNeil Davidge
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original languages
  • English
  • Welsh
No. of series2
No. of episodes19 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerRick McCallum[1]
Production locations
  • Czech Republic
  • UK (Wales)
Running time40 - 73 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNBCUniversal Global Distribution[2]
Sky Vision[3] (previously)
Release
Original networkUK and Ireland:

US:

Original release18 January 2018 (2018-01-18) –
present
External links
Website

SynopsisEdit

"Britannia" is set in A.D. 43, when the Romans invaded Britain led by General Aulus Plautius, who is determined to succeed where Julius Caesar failed and conquer this mythical land on the very end of the Roman Empire, through any means necessary. Young Cait of the Cantii tribe loses her family in the resulting invasion and finds an unlikely protector in Divis "The Outcast"; a former druid and apparent madman sent into exile by Veran, leader of the Druids in Britannia. Meanwhile Kerra, daughter of the Cantii King, must find a way to protect her people not only from the returning Romans but also the Regni, who look to seize on the new opportunity to defeat their long-standing rivals.

Cast and charactersEdit

RomansEdit

CantiiEdit

RegniEdit

DruidsEdit

OtherEdit

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

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
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Woe to the Vanquished"Metin HüseyinJez Butterworth and Tom Butterworth18 January 2018 (2018-01-18)
In 43AD, a nation is rocked by the arrival of an Empire.
22"Secret Alliances"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"Honor and Betrayals"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"Judgment of the Gods"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"Tractations"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"The Chosen One"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"Alone in the World"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"Initiation"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"Pax Romana"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.

Series 2 (2019)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [9][10]
101"Imperial Visit"Luke WatsonTom Butterworth7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)
Two years after the invasion, a dead man awakens who could spell the end of everything.
112"May the Gods Speak"Luke 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"Genesis"Luke 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"Dark Game"Rob 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"My Sister, the Queen"Rob 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"The Eagle's Arms"Rob 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"Alliance of Dark Forces"Lisa 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"A Painful Truth"Lisa 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"The Crossroads"Issa 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"The Challenge"Issa 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 3Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
201"TBA"TBATBATBA (TBA)

ProductionEdit

The first series was produced by Rick McCallum, Vertigo Films and Neal Street Productions and shot on location in Czech Republic and Wales.[11] 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.[12] Amazon was not involved in production and did not stream the second season.[13]

The show was renewed for a third series in January 2020.[13] 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.[7] Filming of the third series was shut down in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic,[14] and resumed in September 2020.[15][16]

ReceptionEdit

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".[17] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, it scored 64 out of 100, based on five reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[18] 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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Tartaglione, Nancy (3 August 2016). "Sky & Amazon To Rule 'Britannia'; Jez Butterworth Penning Event Period Drama". Deadline.com. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Anarchic drama Britannia lands on EPIX (Sky Group)". CompanyNewsHQ. 30 June 2020. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b Ritman, Alex (3 August 2016). "Sky, Amazon Team on Roman Invasion Drama 'Britannia'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  4. ^ Grebey, James (17 January 2018). "'Britannia' Looks Likes Like 'Game of Thrones,' But Proudly Dumb". Inverse. Archived from the original on 18 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Britannia: Jez Butterworth talks his first major foray into TV, druids and Brexit". Gerard Gilbert. The Independent. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  6. ^ Barraclough, Leo (3 August 2016). "Amazon, Sky Team on Jez Butterworth's 'Britannia,' Starring Kelly Reilly". Variety.
  7. ^ a b White, Peter (29 June 2020). "Epix Boards Sky Historical Drama 'Britannia', Will Co-Produce Season 3, Air Seasons 1 & 2". Deadline. Archived from the original on 22 July 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Britannia – Listings". Next Episode. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  10. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (13 October 2019). "Britannia season 2 reveals striking new cast pictures – with Mackenzie Crook as TWO characters". Radio Times. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  11. ^ Harrison, Ellie (18 April 2018). "Where is Britannia filmed?". Radio Times. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  12. ^ McLennan, Cindy (16 March 2018). "Britannia: Season Two; British Historical Fantasy Series Renewed". TV Series Finale. Archived from the original on 17 May 2020. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  13. ^ a b White, Peter (15 January 2020). "Britannia'Britannia' Renewed For Third Season By Sky Atlantic As Amazon Exits Fantasy Drama". Deadline. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  14. ^ Kanter, Jake (17 March 2020). "'Britannia': Sky's Historical Drama Shuts Down Over Coronavirus". Deadline. Archived from the original on 23 March 2020. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  15. ^ "And we're back!". Twitter. @Britannia_TV. 1 September 2020. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  16. ^ "Geograph:: Filming props at side of track © Phillip Williams". www.geograph.org.uk. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  17. ^ "Britannia: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Britannia: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2018.

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