Vikings (TV documentary series)

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Vikings
Alt= Series titles over a scandinavian landscape
Genredocumentary
Written byNeil Oliver
Directed byJon Eastman (1)
Rosie Schellenburg (2)
Simon Winchcombe (3)
Presented byNeil Oliver
Composer(s)Ty Unwin
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes3
Production
Executive producer(s)Eamon Hardy
Producer(s)Cameron Balbirnie (series)
Jon Eastman (1)
Rosie Schellenburg (2)
Simon Winchcombe (3)
Production company(s)BBC Productions
Broadcast
Original channelBBC
Original run11 September 2012 (2012-09-11) – 25 September 2012 (2012-09-25)
 
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Vikings
Alt= Series titles over a scandinavian landscape
Genredocumentary
Written byNeil Oliver
Directed byJon Eastman (1)
Rosie Schellenburg (2)
Simon Winchcombe (3)
Presented byNeil Oliver
Composer(s)Ty Unwin
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes3
Production
Executive producer(s)Eamon Hardy
Producer(s)Cameron Balbirnie (series)
Jon Eastman (1)
Rosie Schellenburg (2)
Simon Winchcombe (3)
Production company(s)BBC Productions
Broadcast
Original channelBBC
Original run11 September 2012 (2012-09-11) – 25 September 2012 (2012-09-25)

Vikings is a 2012 television documentary series written and presented by Neil Oliver charting the rise of the Vikings from prehistoric times to the empire of Canute.[1]

Episode one[edit]

Oliver goes to Scandinavia to discover 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 rituals from which the Viking Age was to suddenly erupt.

UK Viewing figures: 2.23 million[2]

Episode two[edit]

Oliver heads out from the Scandinavian homelands east with Viking explorers to Russia and Turkey to trace the beginnings of a vast trading empire using rivers of eastern Europe as far as Istanbul and Bagdad that brought back Chinese silks and Buddhist statues. Within the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Viking runes were scratched into the marble. In the west raids on Britain and Ireland commenced exploiting the wealth of Anglo Saxon England.

UK Viewing figures: 2.09 million[2]

Episode three[edit]

Oliver heads west tracing the Norse voyages of discovery to Iceland and Greenland. The first Danish kings and the Christian conversions, earlier than first thought, that opened the door to European high society. The blackmailing of English kings by way of the Danegeld which culminated in a Viking conquest of England and the rise of Danish King Canute, who eventually lost control of the Viking empire, ruled England for twenty years and was interred in Winchester cathedral.

UK Viewing figures: 1.82 million[2]

Media[edit]

A book authored by Neil Oliver was published 4 October 2012 [3] and a DVD on 12 November 2012 [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC official site [1] retrieved 7 October 2012
  2. ^ a b c "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. 
  3. ^ Amazon retrieved 7 October 2012 [2]
  4. ^ Amazon retrieved 7 October 2012 [3]

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