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Britannia Britannia [Season 1, Episode 1]
Shown 18 Jan 18

Unlike other TV shows set in ancient times, this uses an anachronistic modern-day theme tune. The Hurdy Gurdy Man of the song may be the chief druid, Veran (Mackenzie Crook - Pirates Of The Carribean ) - or possibly the crazy outcast who warns him that the Romans are coming.

Roman General Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey - Walking Dead ) and his sidekick Lucius (Hugo Speer - Musketeers ) are tough working-class blokes with rural English accents. Completely different from the more archaicly-styled Roman generals in Spartacus: War of the Damned . But just as ruthless, of course.

The first British settlement the Romans get to is the village of the happy people. Yes, all the cliches are embraced as the peaceful vegetarian hippy commune falls victim to the Roman war machine.

Elsewhere, the real plot begins. Queen Antedia ( ZoŽ Wanamaker ) attends a peace deal with her neighbour, King Pellanor (Ian McDiarmid - Star Wars: Phantom Menace ). This is part of a Game of Thrones style political situation. Kerra ( Kelly Reilly ) is lurking in the woods with a bow and arrow, ready to rescue her male relatives.

Britannia Britannia [Season 1, Episode 2]
Shown 18 Jan 18

King Pellanor (Ian McDiarmid - Star Wars: Phantom Menace ) is not happy to be at war with Queen Antedia ( ZoŽ Wanamaker ). He turns down a peace deal with the Romans, so they will make a deal with his enemy and destroy his kingdom. Finally we discover how Kerra ( Kelly Reilly ) started the war.

The chief druid, Veran (Mackenzie Crook - Pirates Of The Carribean ), invites General Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey - Walking Dead ) to visit him.

Britannia Britannia [Season 1, Episode 3]
Shown 18 Jan 18

King Pellanor (Ian McDiarmid - Star Wars: Phantom Menace ) tortures the Roman prisoners. We discover why his daughter Kerra ( Kelly Reilly ) ruined her own honeymoon night - she did not object to the groom for personal reasons, but as a matter of principle because he was selected by the chief druid, Veran (Mackenzie Crook - Pirates Of The Carribean ).

The General's bodyguards capture the exiled Druid. Well, that is what they think. He is manipulating and controlling them.

Britannia Britannia [Season 1, Episode 4]
Shown 18 Jan 18

King Pellanor (Ian McDiarmid - Star Wars: Phantom Menace ) hands his daughter Kerra ( Kelly Reilly ) over to the chief druid, Veran (Mackenzie Crook - Pirates Of The Carribean ). This seems the perfect compromise, so he can get rid of her and protect his clan. However, things do not go as he expects.

General Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey - Walking Dead ) has a good grasp of things that are taking place. He knows he has to gather more info on the locals.

The blind man is grieving over his dead daughter. He tries to duplicate a magic spell that he saw a Druid use to apparently return a farm animal from the dead. Will it work, or is he just in denial?

Britannia Britannia [Season 1, Episode 5]
Shown 18 Jan 18

The Druids replaced King Pellanor (Ian McDiarmid - Star Wars: Phantom Menace ) with his daughter Kerra ( Kelly Reilly ). This seems like a good move, because the old man always bent the knee. He had his wife sacrificed, his daughter sold into an arranged marriage, his people lost in attempts to repair the political damage. Obviously a quitter, so he should be replaced by the ball-busting redhead. However, now people think that Veran the chief druid (Mackenzie Crook - Pirates Of The Carribean ) only did it to placate the Romans instead of fighting them.

General Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey - Walking Dead ) visits his ally Queen Antedia ( ZoŽ Wanamaker ) to plot their next move.

Britannia Britannia [Season 1, Episode 6]
Shown 18 Jan 18

Britannia Britannia [Season 1, Episode 7]
Shown 18 Jan 18

Britannia Britannia [Season 1, Episode 8]
Shown 18 Jan 18

Britannia Britannia [Season 1, Episode 9]
Shown 18 Jan 18

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Britannia Britannia [Season 1 , Episode 1 ]
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Reviewed in our special supplement Britannia

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