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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.