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New TV series: Britannia.
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:48:31 PM »
So, this is coming to Sky Atlantic on Jan 18 and looks potentially good (as always I expect to be let down though). The series is based round the Claudius led Roman invasion of Britain and stars David Morrisey as a Centurion I think and Zoe Wannamaker as a Tribal Queen, it is written by Jez Butterworth- who am not very familiar with at all.
I really enjoyed the HBO series of Rome and was disappointed that it ended on the 2nd series diue to high production costs. So my hope is that this takes a similar vein in terms of gritty violence and dastardly plotting as well as what I would have imagined ancient Romans to have been like. 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britannia_(TV_series)

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Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 04:56:40 PM »
When I first saw the trailer for this I actually thought it was a comedy at first.

Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2018, 05:02:24 PM »
When I first saw the trailer for this I actually thought it was a comedy at first.

How come, does it look cheesy?

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Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2018, 05:28:21 PM »
I watched a preview copy of the first episode of this and it's... not bad. I have a pretty low tolerance for swords and sandals melodrama, but Britannia is so enthusiastically bonkers it more or less won me over.

It has a fair smattering of hallucinogenic fun with yer Druids and soothsayers and whatnot. Mackenzie Crook is good, campy value as the Nosferatu-like leader of a creepy cult, and David Morrissey is very droll as a blase Roman General. It's not a send-up as such, it's essentially a serious drama, but it does possess a knowing sense of the absurd. The characters swear a lot too, but then they probably would've done. Times were tough back then.

The theme tune is Donovan's elephantine psychedelic classic Hurdy Gurdy Man, which in itself gives you an idea of the vaguely daft tone.

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Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2018, 05:49:47 PM »
it is written by Jez Butterworth- who am not very familiar with at all

A VERY versatile writer, but it could go either way.

Not really my cup of tea at all and would only really be watching it for Kelly Reilly and our man Crook.

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Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2018, 07:39:49 PM »
How come, does it look cheesy?
It looks familiar

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Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2018, 08:40:36 PM »

First still from Amazon's Lord of the Rings series "does not inspire hope."

Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2018, 11:57:44 AM »
I thought that was ace.

Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2018, 01:37:53 PM »
Pleasantly surprised to see Fortunato Cerlino (Pietro Savastano in Gomorrah) as one of David Morrissey's lieutenants.

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Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2018, 01:48:32 PM »
Worth a torrent? Or is it one for "definitely watch it, but wait until it gets quietly ushered into your Amazon Prime free-to-watch shows?"

Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2018, 04:46:06 PM »
I would say so, yes. I am captivated by it so far as just watched 2nd episode. It looks like the first 5 eps are out there.

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Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2018, 02:43:59 PM »

Saw a trailer for this in the cinema a couple of weeks ago, looked like "Brexit - The TV Series!" to me.

"Stop the dirty Romans coming over here with their 'civilised' ways......."

There's some "Churchill wasn't a cunt" propaganda bollocks doing the rounds too.

Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2018, 02:49:20 PM »
Pleasantly surprised to see Fortunato Cerlino (Pietro Savastano in Gomorrah) as one of David Morrissey's lieutenants.

Blimey, he's only a year or so older than me. How old was Savastano meant to be? I dunno, this tv trickery.

Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2018, 10:47:04 AM »
Watched half of the first episode - pile of wank, although the druids have potential, everyone else was bollox

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Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2018, 02:43:06 PM »
Fed up of the fucking adverts for this.

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Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2018, 11:35:50 PM »
Watched half of the first episode - pile of wank, although the druids have potential, everyone else was bollox

That's how I felt after finishing the first episode. It feels like a miniature Game of Thrones without the magic but with added acid trips, but bar Mackenzie Crook I didn't care about the characters. Especially the young girl and her rogue-ish mate, and Julian Rhind-Tutt was pretty awful too.

Has anyone stuck with it, and if so, does it get any better? Though I think only a rave review will persuade me to stick with it at this point.

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Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2019, 11:02:01 PM »
Series 2 of this has been put up on Sky. Series 1 ended up being good fun with lots of weird goofy shit. I think I prefer this type of stuff to the prestige HBO style drama. Plenty of hammy acting in the first episode of series 2 and it ends on a really obvious joke that still managed to make me laugh because the whole thing is so charming.
Also features Steve Pemberton on an elephant.

Warning: the last time I raved about a tv programme was the start of the most recent season of fear the walking dead and that ended up a bit shite

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Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #17 on: November 26, 2019, 01:09:38 PM »
I'm really enjoying this, daft as a brush as it is.

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Re: New TV series: Britannia.
« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2019, 12:40:17 AM »
The main conflict of Season 2 episode 5 seems to be that Divis is worried he might be a bit of a paedo guy. which is strange even for this show