Sprawling British fantasy drama Britannia has landed at premium cable network Epix, it was announced on Monday.
“Jez Butterworth and the teams at Vertigo Films, Neal Street Productions, and Sky Studios have created a bold, epic series with a unique spin on the fantasy-adventure genre,” said Michael Wright, President, Epix. “Britannia is truly cinematic television – a perfect addition to the Epix lineup – and we’re thrilled to give this series its new home.”
The first season of Britannia, having aired on British network Sky in early 2018, is set to premiere Sunday, August 2nd, with season two beginning Sunday, October 4th. Epix will serve as the American home for the show’s third season, whose production was interrupted by COVID-19.
From Jez Butterworth (Spectre), Tom Butterworth (Tin Star), and James Richardson (Monsters), Britannia follows the Roman invasion of Britain when the country was ruled by powerful Druids and warrior queens. Set in 43 A.D., season one charts the reluctant rise to power of Kerra (Kelly Reilly), daughter of the King of Cantii (Ian McDiarmid), as she’s forced to align herself with arch-rival Queen Atedia (Zoë Wanamaker) upon the invasion. At the same time, an unlikely partnership between rogue Druid Divis (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and 12-year-old Cantii girl Cait (Eleanor Worthington-Cox) is formed and threatens to change everything.
The series joins a scripted slate for Epix that includes Batman prequel Pennyworth; Godfather of Harlem, a period drama starring Forest Whitaker as infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson; well-received dramedy Get Shorty; Julian Fellowes drama Belgravia; and acclaimed neo noir thriller Perpetual Grace, LTD, which stars the likes of Ben Kingsley and Jacki Weaver.
You can take a look at the first season of Britannia below.