Sky Atlantic’s Britannia II …

Popular misconceptions about Shamanism – and Druidism – is one thing, but reducing my native spirituality to this inane marriage of slapstick and camp comedy and, at times, amateurish acting, is beyond the pale. Blasphemous. I had expected something better-worth (Butterworth*! Spot the subtle play on words!) than this, but it is possibly the worst bit of TV I have been witness to in my lifetime.

I know that these words by Macbeth are out of context, but maybe they best sum it up – ” it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” .” Let’s hope that it is but a “brief candle” and that there will be no ‘Fool Britannia’ III. Yes! Yes! “Out, out, brief candle.”

Hugo Rifkind best sums it up (The Times 8 November): “When the first series began, almost two years ago, I thus honestly wasn’t sure whether it represented a) a brilliant popular reinvention of British ancient history, or b) exactly what they were taking the piss out of …”

It is truly dreadful. I am a big fan of many of the cast, and I suppose from the point of view of paying their bills, it is a success. Series I may have started with 1 million viewers but 90% had turned off by the final episode.

‘Fool Britannia?’ – Maybe Shakespeare should have the last word: “Die, frantic wretch, for this accursed deed! (Titus Andronicus)

(*Award winner Jez Butterworth is the writer)

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