From kings to commoners, people believed that gods, witches, demons, and evil spirits were all indisputably real. In this series, Tony Robinson delves back through 2,000 years of history, ... See full summary »
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Tony Robinson ...  Himself - Presenter 5 episodes, 2011-2012
Little Woodham Villagers Little Woodham Villagers ...  Themselves 3 episodes, 2011
Peter Marshall Peter Marshall ...  Himself - Warwick University 2 episodes, 2011
Marion Gibson Marion Gibson ...  Herself - Historian 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Owen Davies Owen Davies ...  Himself - University of Hertfordshire 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Eldredd Wolf ...  Viking Warrior 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Simon Harkness Simon Harkness ...  Young Coachman 2 episodes, 2011-2012
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From kings to commoners, people believed that gods, witches, demons, and evil spirits were all indisputably real. In this series, Tony Robinson delves back through 2,000 years of history, exploring everything from the brutal human sacrifices of Iron Age Britain to the horrifying witch-hunts and exorcisms of the 16th, 17th centuries and beyond. See what dark corners of our history Tony unveils!

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26 November 2011 (UK) See more »

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The strange & disturbing views of our predecessors that dominated thought & behaviour before science arrived.
20 January 2012 | by clivedhendersonSee all my reviews

Overall this has been a most interesting series, particularly episode 1 which explored the concerns our ancestors had that the dead could return if they didn't experience a "good" death, i.e. if they didn't receive the last rites (extreme unction, confession & absolution).

So, unbelievably, suicides and others who died too quickly for their last rites were sometimes interred with stakes driven through them (Transylvania style) to stop their dead bodies "escaping the grave" to terrorise the living because they hadn't been properly equipped to leave this world and journey to the next. This in 18th century Britain. Fascinating and disturbing in equal measure. No prizes from where Bram Stoker took his inspiration.

Series 2 & 3 slightly less gripping but still very interesting nonetheless.

I'm not sure Saturday night was the ideal slot for this programme and probably didn't help its ratings achievement. However, it was good, if not perhaps the best thing Tony Robinson has ever done.

So where, oh where, have the other episodes (No. 4 is about witchcraft) gone? Was meant to be broadcast in Dec 2011 but has never seen the light of day. What a pity. Here's hoping that can be changed.


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