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A History of Ancient Britain: Celtic Britain [DVD]

Neil Oliver    Exempt   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Neil Oliver
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2011
  • Run Time: 234 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,274 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


In the second part of his fascinating series, TV historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver (Coast and A History of Scotland) tells the story of Britain, before and during the Roman occupation. The series traces the development of Britain from 1000 BC to 400 AD. It shows how a thriving Iron Age Britain became part of the Roman Empire, heralding an era of luxury for some and harsh subjugation for many; it reveals how Celtic communities survived north of Hadrian’s Wall and around the fringes of the island and examines how a new Romano-British culture emerged from the bitter struggle for Britannia.

Contains Four Episodes:

  • AGE OF IRON 07/04/2011
  • AGE OF WARRIORS 14/04/2011
  • AGE OF INVASION 21/04/2011
  • AGE OF ROMANS 26/04/2011

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brits & Romans 4 Aug 2011
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The title of this series 'Celtic Britain, should really be called 'Ancient Britain Part 2, as it is a direct follow on from Neil Oliver's previous series. Picking up from the end of the Bronze Age we learn about Iron Age Britons and the impact of the Roman invasions on british society. If you liked the first series then you should like this, with Mr Oliver continuing to exude almost over the top enthusiasm for his subject matter. Other reviewers have said that the 'ancient/celtic britain programmes are a lazy form of learning and this is very true but these documentaries are introductions. If you want to delve deeper then you can always read a book on the subject.
Perhaps Neil Oliver will make one more series. "A History of Dark Age Britain" starting with Post-Roman Britain and ending with the Norman Invasion. That would be a great way to round off the series.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series 27 April 2011
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A great followup series to the excellent 'History of Ancient Britain'Historian Neil Oliver
continues the Celtic History of Britain from 1000 B.C. before the Roman Invasion of 43 A.D. and up to the departure of the Roman Army in 400 A.D.
It looks at the many technological developments made by the Celtic tribes of Britain
,also how life was in their communities and how the subsequent Roman Invasion affected the inhabitants of Britain and the new Celtic/Roman culture that emerged from this.
I really enjoyed watching this series on the BBC and would recommend it to all lovers of History and their is some stunning cinmeatography added to the mix of history and this complements the overall feel to the programme.
Neil Oliver is enthusiastic and engaging as a presenter and this endears you to the content of the programmes.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Ignore the one star temper tantrum review above.

This is a excellent series and is a nice sequel to the "History of Ancient Britain" and gives a excellent overview of a great chunk of this Sceptered Isle's history.

Yes Celtic is perhaps a lazy term but for non-experts like me it fits the bill for your expectations of what this programme will be about(I have a Archeologist friend who also goes foaming at the mouth like the above reviewer about context the term "Celt" can be used)

Niel is a good presenter, obviously know what he is talking about and is enthusiastic, which shows on screen. You will love this if you liked the earlier series (and "A History of Scotland" too for that matter)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gems amongst the heather 2 May 2013
By M Poole
The term 'Celtic' is always problematical, which does affect the rating for this series as it examines Iron Age Britain, which is a very different thing from the title's claims.

Oliver is an engaging presenter, even though his habit of talking over his shoulder often provokes betting as to when he'll finally trip or go over a cliff. Until he does, we'll be treated to access to some very interesting sites. We're not envious, oh no. Well, a bit.

This dvd covers what is really mostly Iron Age Britain, offering an examination of the cultures present in Britain at the time. Having watched both the original Ancient Britain show on the BBC as well as this one, there has always been a good deal of information presented. These shows are not designed for archaeologists, they're designed to appeal to people for whom history is either Days of Yore or Olde Tymes wherein people wore and ate mud and communicated in grunts. If these shows can give people even an inkling of the skills developed by Iron Age peoples and the heights to which they took their art, then it's done its job.

Academics wrestle endlessly over terms that are used for cultures, 'Celtic' probably has occupied more than its share of the papers presented, opinions shouted and people unconvinced by any of the many sides of the arguments. What is true is that 'Celtic' is a term of romance as much as anything else, but it's one that draws people in, and the ones who want to learn more can be converted to the side of Right Terminology. The rest might not care, or might just have learned a bit from the shows. That's never a bad thing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and highly informative 5 July 2013
An intriguing and highly informative look at Iron Age Britain from 2000 BCE to 400 CE. A real treat for enthusiasts of archaeology and ancient artefacts, many of which Oliver examines in detail with the aid of a host of experts. He also examines several ancient villages , caves and mines.
The Age of Iron mainly involves prehistoric excavations, while the follow up The Age of Warriors examines the political, social and economic system too and the soical changes that led to greater instrumentalities following the more utopian and communitarian Bronze Age. It gives us a look at the Celtic kings and Druids, the latter who actually had more power and influence than the kings and chieftains. The second two parts The Age of Invasion and the Age of Occupation examine how the Roman rule of Britain effected the native populations, both subjected to cruel Roman repression but having also a profound cultural influence.
Fascinating look at the interactions of the Celtic tribes of South-eastern England at the time, the Iceni, Catovelauni, Trinovantes and Belgae. As well as tracing the Boudicca revolt and the atrocities Boudicca's Iceni carried out against fellow Britons after they sacked the Roman held cities of Camuldonunum and Londinium.
An excellent perceptive look into Ancient British history, and the roots of that island's people and culture.
Great footage of the British countryside.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good
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Published 14 days ago by P. S. LEWIS
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Published 1 month ago by eric mcpherson
4.0 out of 5 stars yes very good, very interesting
yes very good, very interesting,lots and lots of facts,i could watch this over and over,neil does a really good job of these series
Published 1 month ago by anthony isado
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Has to be good! Neil Oliver.
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An interesting DVD for anyone who wants to learn more about our past.
Published 2 months ago by DGNB
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC - Neil Oliver - History
BBC - Neil Oliver - History. Whats not to like. Good presentations and a style that is easy to follow. Usual high quality BBC productions. Read more
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Published 2 months ago by Slaine_james
5.0 out of 5 stars How Britain became part of the Holy Roman Empire
This dvd of the history of ancient britain is very interesting and covers 1,400 years of change and subjugation and how the celtic people adapted to the changes, both good and bad... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jules T
5.0 out of 5 stars informative and entertaining
This was a great follow up to the first episode. It was of the same standard with interesting information, clearly and enthusiastically presented by someone who knows what they're... Read more
Published 5 months ago by mrs judith cole
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