By 1305, King Edward I of of England reasonably assumed that Scotland had ceased to exist as a political entity. William Wallace was dead and the Scottish king, John Balliol was in exile in France, a...
1792 brought France and soon the continent its socio-political revolution, Scotland new sheep breeds which made the greedy Highland chiefs, by now London-based aristocrats, expel the farming clansmen...
In four chapters, largely based on and illustrated with archaeological finds and sites, Neil Oliver explains how, as far as is known, the Iron Age Celtic tribes known as the Ancient ... See full summary »
I've never been one for history documentaries, and while I am primarily Scottish in my ancestry, as an American my knowledge or even interest in Scottish history was extremely poor. Reviews such as the one by surferdudea1904 were also hardly encouraging, so I began this documentary with very low expectations indeed.
Fortunately I ended up being VERY pleasantly surprised. This is one of the most gorgeous series I have ever seen. I was sucked in immediately by the presenter Neil Oliver, who is an absolute god. Dry history text fans be warned -- this man cares deeply about his country and will make you feel it in every word he speaks. Not being familiar with the history I can't comment on the accuracy of all of the facts presented, but I do know that I found myself completely enveloped in the lives of these people centuries long dead. History truly "comes alive" in this series. The scenery and graphics were also just breath-taking. I've since watched several episodes over again, which is something I normally reserve only for David Attenborough's nature documentaries.
Really, this series is an absolute treat. Even if you aren't a student of Scotland's history (as I was not -- although I am much more interested now!), give it a try. I daresay you will not be disappointed. What a beauty!
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