Sky & Amazon US Partner On Historical Epic Britannia

Sky and Amazon US have announced their first co-production, Britannia, written by Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) and starring Kelly Reilly (True Detective), David Morrissey (The Walking Dead), Zoë Wanamaker (My Family) and Stanley Weber (Outlander).

The ten part drama is set in 43AD as the Roman Imperial Army returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia – a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld.

Jez Butterworth says: “Besides being hard, hard warriors, the Celts have a belief system which makes them almost invincible. It’s a deep, heavy magic. Last time the Romans tried to invade, the mighty Julius Caesar took one look, turned round and went straight home. Now, almost a century later, the Romans are back.”

I’m fascinated in what happens when gods die. When an entire, ancient faith stalls, topples, collapses – and a whole new one grows in its place. New names, new faces, to suit the new times. Here we have a war between two pantheons – the Roman gods v the Celtic gods.”

“It’s the Heavyweight Clash of All Time, the one which most shapes who we are today. And we see it all from a human perspective, of individual survival, ambition, courage, lust, loss, revenge. All the stuff the gods have always loved us humans for the most!”

Britannia is filming on location in Prague and Wales. It will air on Sky 1 in the UK and Ireland, and be available on Amazon Prime Video in the US in 2017.