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Vikings

2012-2012 Ended/Cancelled
 
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Neil Oliver goes in search of the truth about the Vikings beyond the accepted history of a band of blood-thirsty pirates raiding the peaceful monasteries of Christendom
Main Cast
N/ANeil Oliver
as (presenter) [S 1]


Premiered on Network:
BBC-2 in UK

Genres: Documentary / Mini / History

Language: english  Runtime: 60 mins

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Guide available in: english
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Plot
1x01 - Episode 1:
Neil Oliver heads for Scandinavia to reveal the truth behind the legend of the Vikings. In the first programme, Neil begins by discovering the mysterious world of the Vikings' prehistoric ancestors. The remains of weapon-filled war boats, long-haired Bronze Age farmers, and a Swedish site of a royal palace and gruesome pagan ritual conjure up an ancient past from which the Viking Age was to suddenly erupt.
1x02 - Episode 2:
Neil Oliver heads out from the Scandinavian homelands to Russia, Turkey and Ireland to trace the beginnings of a vast trading empire that handled Chinese silks as adeptly as Pictish slaves. Neil discovers a world of 'starry-eyed maidens' and Buddhist statues that are a world away from our British experience of axe-wielding warriors, although it turns out that there were quite a few of those as well.
1x03 - Episode 3:
Neil Oliver explores how the Viking Age finally ended, tracing the Norse voyages of discovery, the first Danish kings, and the Christian conversions that opened the door to European high society. He also uncovers the truth about England's King Canute - he was not an arrogant leader who thought he could hold back the waves, but the Viking ruler of an entire empire of the north and an early adopter of European standardisation.
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Guide available in: english