Britannia: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 35

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Jan 26, 2018
Air date: Jan 26, 2018
Air date: Jan 26, 2018
Air date: Jan 26, 2018
Air date: Jan 26, 2018
Air date: Jan 26, 2018
Air date: Jan 26, 2018
Air date: Jan 26, 2018
Air date: Jan 26, 2018
Air date: Jan 26, 2018
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Filmed overseas in Prague and Wales, Britannia is set in 43AD as the Roman Imperial Army, determined and terrified in equal measure, returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful Druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld.

Critic Reviews for Britannia Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (7)

What's fun so far is the way a nonchalant 21st-century sensibility is teleported back to 43 AD.

Dec 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It behoves me to say quite firmly that Britannia is the barmiest thing I've seen on TV since just about forever.

Jan 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The female characters are fantastically strong, from Zoë Wanamaker's blood-curdling Queen Antedia to indomitable princess Kerra, played by Kelly Reilly like someone with the sun permanently in her eyes.

Jan 17, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Seriously, this series - whose creators include Jez Butterworth, a co-screenwriter of the Whitey Bulger drama "Black Mass" - is a fabulous, stupid mess.

Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It is usually very well done although it has some shabby special effects. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 31, 2019 | Full Review…

It's rare these days when a historically-inspired series properly manages to merge a modern sensibility into a period piece. Britannia manages to navigate the waters with a great cast.

Jan 26, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Britannia may occasionally wow with its visuals and provide enjoyment in David Morrissey's performance, but the attempts to emulate better shows gives everything a soulless, corporate quality.

Dec 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

If you think Game Of Thrones is a bit stuffy and too grounded in reality, this is definitely your series.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The acting, directing, scripting are all fine, sometimes they are very good, but the show has yet to really take off, although the potential is there.

Dec 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The spectacle itself is impressive, but the lack of substance underneath keeps Britannia from really landing.

Dec 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Britannia: Season 1

  • Apr 22, 2019
    There's a bit less historical in this historical fiction than I was hoping for. Interesting characters, with Divis especially charismatic, and the story starts interesting, but for me it goes downhill soon enough. The main problem too much icky gore. Was the writer fantasizing revenge on an exwife when he wrote Kerra's fate? How many heads got cut off and hearts cut out? Just ewww. And the little girl? Was wondering how she gets to be a heroine. Waiting for that...but her fate derails into something out of criminal minds. Although she is yet alive for season two so bigger things yet for her? There were comedic moments here and there. But those were overshadowed by death and gore. A couple of the main characters turn out to be demon possessed. And I'm forgetting something....what was it? Oh yes, I didn't appreciate how negatively the druids were portrayed. I'd prefer a more romantic portrayal of them. Not saying the acting was bad. Perhaps I picked up a bit of history in the watching, but not much.
  • Apr 11, 2019
    This was pretty good. It started out a little slow, and some of the story doesnt jive with me so well. I felt the acting was really solid, but what do I know; I'm an armchair critic. If you like fantasy mixed with historically mysterious stuff, like druids, then this may be your bag.
  • Mar 02, 2019
    I came upon this series by shear chance, and am extremely happy that I decided to watch it. There are so many costume productions available today. That it is hard to pick out the ones of real quality. This series is not for the faint of heart, or people that prefer PG-13 rated productions. This series has blood and guts, adult language, sex, and some nudity. Aside from those favorite things of mine. Britannia also has good acting, ( the young actress, Eleanor Worthington Cox, is adorable, and brings spunk and energy to her character ). There are interesting characters, an intriguing plot, and professional cinematography. I think the famous Sword and Sorcery novelists of the past. Would really appreciate the way the production company, handled the genre in this series. More thumbs up, than I have hands. ð???ð???ð???
  • Feb 28, 2019
    Celts, druids, Romans and more. Enthralling and beautiful. I want more!
  • Feb 21, 2019
    I almost skipped on this one because of the reviews saying how the language was atrocious and historically inaccurate and it tried to be a comedy or whatever the complaints were. Im very glad i gave it a shot because this is a great show. If your looking for a documentary then go watch a documentary, that this is not. But whoever decided that any period drama has to be 100% accurate or authentic anyways. If your into magic, folklore, paganism and witchcraft then this show should suit you i love things of period magic and its hard to find shows that arnt just straight cheese when it comes to that subject. The sets are amazing the atmosphere is top notch the acting is believable even if they use modern language nothing wrong with that. i loved the movie the witch but it was so hard to understand at times i couldnt understand what the hell they were talking about. And the comedy is not out of place nor does it detract from the overall essence of the show all in all this is an awesome show and i hope season 2 is just as good. Definitely recommend this one
  • Jan 26, 2019
    Freaking wildly awesome! Love it can’t wait for season 2
  • Jan 09, 2019
    I'm so incredibly disappointed with this series. It's just awful. I'm OK with a fantastical recreation of history to please viewers, but this show doesn't just take liberties with reality; it's borderline offensive. The portrayal of the Druids as maniacal fanatics who read runes (runes!) and perform human sacrifice with glee is ridiculous. Celtic folk living in hovels and dancing around naked is about as deep as this show goes when trying to depict this amazing culture. There is more historical accuracy when portraying the Romans. If the writers were able to gather Wikipedia information about the Roman invasions of the island, why oh why did they not do the same for the other side? Seems best. Yes, the Roman's made a detailed account of their invasions and the Celtic peoples did not have a written historical record, but there is a wealth of information out there that could have guided the creators of this show. They just chose not to use any of it. Lame.
  • Oct 31, 2018
    very mediocre series
  • Sep 13, 2018
    Really enjoyed this. Can't wait for the second series
  • Sep 13, 2018
    It's fun and fantasmical...not historically accurate...gratuitious violence and blood. Lots of attractive actors and actresses and great costumery. Not high-brow...kind of like going to the Rennaissance Faire...but again, fun. Not for PhD historians of the dark ages or Roman conquest of Europe.

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