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Is Sky's new original drama Britannia the new Game of Thrones?

Wednesday, November 29th 2017 by Oprah Flash

After dropping a teaser trailer earlier this year Sky has finally confirmed a release date for its Original production, Britannia.

All episodes of the epic series set in Celtic Britain will be available to watch on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV from Thursday 18 January 2018.

The nine-part cinematic drama takes you back in time to 43AD as the Roman army invades Britannia, a country ruled by Druids and warrior queens.

The Romans' main aim is to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia and bring them in line.

This series’ strong female lead comes in the form of Kerra (Kelly Reilly), the daughter of the King of the Cantil (Ian McDiarmid). With the impending Roman invasion Kerra must team up with her arch-rival Queen Antedia (Zoe Wanamaker) to protect their country and way of life.

While the leaders settle their differences, rogue Druid Divis (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), who foresaw the invasion, enlists the help of 12-year old Cait as he sets off on his own quest to defeat the Romans.

The Roman army is led by General Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey), who is determined to succeed where Julius Caesar failed and conquer this mythical land at the far edge of the Roman Empire. Like all baddies, General Aulus has a few skeletons in his closet that threaten to destroy his mission.

You may recognise Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Annabel Scholey (Being Human), who both also star in the drama.

Britannia is a Sky Original Production produced by Vertigo films and some of the brains behind the show include award-winning writer Jez Butterworth (Spectre, Jerusalem), James Richardson (Monsters), who has executively produced the show, and Rick McCallum (Star Wars), one of the producers.

It appears Sky is capitalising on the hype created by Game of Thrones. With no confirmed release date for season 8, GoT fans may have to wait until 2019 to find out what happens next in the battle for the seven kingdoms. That’s a long time to wait so the Britannia series comes just in time.

It all sounds very serious but there are some funny parts to look forward to as well. From the trailer it seems you can rely on Nikolaj Lie Kaas’s character to provide some comic relief.

If you’re looking for a drama fantasy to fill the hole left by the Game of Thrones hiatus, Britannia could be your next binge-watch choice.

Watch Britannia for free on NOW TV

As a Sky Original production you’ll have to have a Now TV or a Sky TV subscription to watch it.

NOW TV is Sky’s streaming service. It gives you access to box sets, movies and sports from Sky without having to sign up to a contract.

The show is available from Thursday 18 January so you could be a bit cheeky and wait until then to start your 14-day free trial. After this the Entertainment monthly pass will renew at £7.99 a month unless you cancel.

If you like the idea of NOW TV and want to sign up now, the streaming site has a Black Friday deal where you can get two months for the price of one on its Sky Cinema, Entertainment, Kids and Sky Sports passes. This is only available until Thursday (30 November).

With your pass you’ll be able to watch shows and movies on your smart devices. To stream NOW TV on your TV you’ll need a TV Box for £14.99.

To get a Sky TV package that will allow you to watch Britannia on Sky Atlantic you can opt for the Original TV bundle with a Sky Q TV box for £20 a month. This spans an 18-month contract and gives you access to more than 290 channels including Comedy Central and ITV Encore. If you’re new to Sky TV you’ll have to pay an additional £20 set-up fee.

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