‘Britannia’ is a British-American historical fantasy series that marks the first co-production between Sky and Amazon Prime Video. The series airs on Sky Atlantic in the UK and on Amazon Prime in the US. It first premiered on January 18, 2018, in the UK and on January 26, 2018, in the US. The show has been created by Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth, and James Richardson.
‘Britannia’ resuscitates the vibrant and exotic historical period going back to 43 AD. The Roman conquest of Britain and the mystique of the uncharted lands forms much of what goes on in the series. Historical fantasies are always fun to watch and tend to attract a large audience base, especially, those who love to watch shows set in particular periods. Moreover, due to the show being available on Amazon as well, it is more accessible to everyone. All this has led to a rather strong fan following for the series. Critics too have lauded the show saying, it is ‘brilliantly bonkers’ and while the duplicitous characters and fantasy will not be to the liking of everyone, the show’s spellbinding madness is right for those who are looking for some not too serious sorcery and swordplay.
Britannia Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Britannia’ includes David Morrissey as Aulus Plautius, the man responsible for beginning the Roman conquest of Britain, Hugo Speer as Lucius, and Fortunato Cerlino as Vespasian, the Roman emperor. They will lead the Roman charge again in the upcoming season, after the demolition of Cantii in the previous season’s finale.
Daniel Caltagirone plays the role of Brutus. There are several other characters who make up the Roman side of things. Besides the Romans, there are the Cantiis, which is the Celtic people, living in Britain. There is also the Regnis and the Druids. Together, they make for a very rich cast and manage to capture the essence of the show among themselves.
In the upcoming season, most of the main cast members are expected to return, except for the Cantiis, since things did not go too well for them by the time the previous season ended. However, we might see some new characters in the cast including Mackenzie Crook, who already appears as Veran, a member of the Druids. He will also play the part of this brother Harka, ‘the Dead Man’, who is likely to awaken and challenge him. We will also get to see Steve Pemberton in the role of Emperor Claudius.