The BEST Episodes of A History of Ancient Britain

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 2, 2021

Network: BBC Two

Neil Oliver tells the epic story of how Britain and its people came to be over thousands of years of ancient history - the beginnings of our world forged in ice, stone, and bronze.

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Age of Bronze

#1 - Age of Bronze

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 2, 2011

Neil Oliver reaches the end of his epic tour of our most distant past with the arrival of metals and the social revolution that ushered in a new age of social mobility, international trade, and village life.

star 8.43
68 votes
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Age of Cosmology

#2 - Age of Cosmology

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 23, 2011

Nigel takes a look at one of the most mysterious periods in the country’s history a time that saw the building of vast stone circles, passage tombs and Stonehenge itself.

star 8.19
99 votes
Age of Ancestors

#3 - Age of Ancestors

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 16, 2011

Neil Oliver continues the story of how today's Britain and its people were forged over thousands of years of ancient history. It's 4,000 BC and the first farmers arrive from Europe, with seismic consequences for the local hunter-gatherers.

star 8.15
78 votes
Celtic Britain: Age of Invasion

#4 - Celtic Britain: Age of Invasion

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 21, 2011

Continuing his epic story, Neil Oliver explores the remains of brutal Iron Age battles and Celtic rebellion as he reaches the moment when Celtic Britain was ripped apart by the world's great empire - the Roman army.

star 7.91
32 votes
Celtic Britain: Age of Iron

#5 - Celtic Britain: Age of Iron

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 7, 2011

Neil Oliver returns to continue his epic story of how Britain and its people came to be. Diving for 3,000-year-old treasure and pot-holing through an ancient copper mine he discovers how a golden age of bronze collapsed into social and economic crisis set against a period of sharp climate change... eventually to be replaced by a new era, of iron.

star 7.75
4 votes
Age of Ice

#6 - Age of Ice

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 9, 2011

Neil Oliver travels back to ice age Britain as he begins the epic story of how our land and its people came to be over thousands of years of ancient history. This week sees a struggle for survival in a brutal world of climate change and environmental catastrophe.

star 7.51
138 votes
Celtic Britain: Age of Romans

#7 - Celtic Britain: Age of Romans

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 26, 2011

Neil Oliver completes his epic journey through thousands of years of ancient history with the modern marvels of Rome. Digging beneath a London tower block, discovering building work from a massive stadium, and encountering the remains of an African woman who lived in York 1800 years ago - all evidence of the extraordinary multicultural modern world of Rome.

star 7.50
4 votes
Celtic Britain: Age of Warriors

#8 - Celtic Britain: Age of Warriors

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 14, 2011

Continuing his journey into our ancient past, Neil Oliver explores the age of Celtic Britain - a time of warriors, druids, and kings of unimaginable wealth. Neil encounters a celebrated warrior from 300 BC, owner of the finest Iron Age sword ever discovered. He tries his hand at divination in an effort to discover the power of Celtic priests and searches into his own DNA for clues to Celtic identity.

star 7.40
5 votes