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Britannia series two will come to Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in 2019

Tuesday, March 20th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

It would have been easy to dismiss Britannia, the Sky original production first aired on Sky Atlantic in January, as just another fantasy drama attempting to capitalise on the success of Game of Thrones.

But the show was praised by critics and has seemingly been a hit with viewers – the first episode was watched by a cumulative audience of 1.88 million and the series in total has had more than 10 million downloads and on-demand views via Sky set top boxes, the Sky Go app and NOW TV.

Britannia is also now the most downloaded Sky series in Ultra HD and has been sold in 206 territories worldwide.

The upshot is that Sky has ordered a second series, which is due to start filming in spring 2018 with the show returning to our screens next year.

Written by Jez Butterworth (Spectre) and Tom Butterworth (Tin Star), series one followed the Roman army’s attempts to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land led by warrior women and powerful Druids.

'Epic drama'

For series two, writers Jez and Tom will be joined by their brother John-Henry Butterworth and we can expect to see the Celts and Druids adapting to life under Roman rule.

Cameron Roach, commissioning editor for drama at Sky, said: “The first series of Britannia brought Jez’s unique vision to life.

“The series is a tale of clashing faith systems, torn apart families, mystic men and fearsome queens, all told with humour, heart, epic drama and violence.

“Drama on Sky is about the unexpected, the visceral and the memorable, it’s about stories told in a way you won’t find anywhere else. That’s why we are delighted to be working with Jez and the production team on the next instalment.”

If you haven’t seen Britannia yet and want to know what all the fuss is about, all nine episodes of the first series are available on Sky Atlantic and on Sky’s streaming service NOW TV.

Sky Atlantic is only available through a Sky TV subscription. It’s included in the standard Sky Entertainment package, which costs £20 a month and on top of which you can add extras like box sets, kids channels or HD viewing from an additional £5 a month.

If you don’t fancy the 18-month contract that comes with a Sky subscription, the other option is a NOW TV entertainment pass. A month pass is £7.99, although if you’re quick there’s currently an offer that will give you three months for the price of one.

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