The Celts: Blood, Iron And Sacrifice With Alice Roberts And Neil Oliver

Confirmed for BBC Two on 5 October at 9pm to 10pm

Ep 1/3

Monday 5 October



In this 3x60’ series for BBC Two, anthropologist professor Alice Roberts and archaeologist Neil Oliver go in search of the Celts - one of the world's most mysterious ancient civilisations. Neil and Alice explore the origins and beliefs of the Celts, their highly sophisticated tribal culture and enduring influence on vast areas of the ancient world.

In the first episode Neil and Alice explore the origins of the Celts in the Alps of Central Europe and relive the moment the Celts first came in to contact with the Romans, in a pitched battle just north of Rome. And Alice uncovers a controversial new theory, based on mysterious stone carvings on the Atlantic coastline of Portugal.

Along the journey they discover that, far from being confined to Britain and Ireland, the Celts once dominated swathes of Europe. They uncover ancient Celtic artefacts and human remains from Turkey in the east to Portugal in the west and reveal the significance of pivotal battles that took place between the Celts and their arch-rivals the Romans - and how these very conflicts came to define the future direction of European civilisation and the shape of our modern-day world.

The series is rich with vivid drama reconstruction, and new discoveries, helping recreate this pivotal era.