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How the Celts saved Britain

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Hopefully you didn’t miss the first part of this documentary, but the second part is on tomorrow at 7pm on BBC2!

How the Celts saved Britain

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The second part of this documentary will be on BBC4 at 9pm on 1st June.

Provocative two-part documentary in which Dan Snow blows the lid on the traditional Anglo-centric view of history and reveals how the Irish saved Britain from cultural oblivion during the Dark Ages.

He follows in the footsteps of Ireland’s earliest missionaries as they venture through treacherous barbarian territory to bring literacy and technology to the future nations of Scotland and England.”

from here.

Dan Snow: How Britain nearly became the Irish Isles

Monday, May 25th, 2009

From here:

The TV historian talks about his new BBC Four series, How the Celts Saved Britain.

Dan Snow

‘Everyone always talks about 1066 and the Battle of Hastings,” says an exasperated Dan Snow, “but all the really big events happened 400 years earlier. We could, if things had gone only slightly differently then, be living on the ‘Irish Isles’ not the British Isles. Our capital should probably have been York.”

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How the Celts saved Britain

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

This’ll be on BBC4 at 9pm on Monday, 25th May.

Dan Snow blows the lid on the traditional, Anglo-centric view of history and reveals how the Irish saved Britain from cultural oblivion during the Dark Ages, in this provocative, two-part documentary.

Travelling back in time to some of the remotest corners of the British Isles, Dan unravels the mystery of the lost years of 400-800 AD, when the collapse of the Roman Empire left Britain in tatters.

In the first episode, Dan shows how in the 5th century AD Roman ‘Britannia’ was plunged into chaos by the arrival of Anglo-Saxon invaders. As Roman civilisation disappeared from Britain, a new civilisation emerged in one of the most unlikely places – Ireland. Within a few generations, Christianity transformed a backward, barbarian country into the cultural powerhouse of early medieval Europe.

This is a visually stunning and intellectually stimulating journey into one of the least known chapters of British history.

from here.