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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series examines the history and culture of the Celtic people from their origins to their migration throughout Europe and into their constant conflicts with the Roman civilization and their final defiant stand against Rome in ancient Britain.
Presents a balanced portrayal of the Celtic people; it shows how the people were cultured with their own unique beliefs and skills, as opposed to wild savages portrayed by the Roman Empire.
Positive Role Models
Much of the series focuses on various figures from specific periods of Celt history. These include the warlord Brennus, whose forces first conquered early Rome during the 4th century BC; the warrior Vercingetorix, whose stood against Julius Caesar around three hundred years later; and Queen Boudicca, who led the Celts in their final stand against the Roman expansion into Britain.
Violence & Scariness
Reenactments of historic events include visuals of violent and bloody attacks. While there's nothing overly graphic, people are killed onscreen with some blood shown. There are also some scenes that show skeletal corpses hanging on display. There are mentions of women being raped when held captive by the Romans.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's some nudity shown on some of the statues and artwork shown in the documentary.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice is a three-part documentary on the culture and history of the ancient Celts. Anthropologist Alice Roberts and archaeologist Neil Oliver examine artifacts and talk with other experts, teaching viewers how the Celtic people spread their influence throughout Europe. Some of the dramatic reenactments of the period feature intense scenes of violence, some of which include injury and death with a fair amount of blood shown onscreen. As a part of the recounting of historic events, the documentary also briefly mentions strong topics such as torture and rape.
Is It Any Good?
The ancient Celts are an oft misunderstood culture; this docuseries looks to change that, looking beyond the written history of Rome, which depicted its Celtic foes as uncivilized savages. The narrators in The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice instead examine artifacts and remains, spread throughout Europe, to gain a better understanding and more accurate picture of the culture and influence of the Celtic people. The series shows how the Celts were skilled craftsmen, cunning warriors, and close-knit nomadic tribes that left an indelible mark throughout Europe.
Each episode breaks down into three distinct parts. There's a close look at artwork, artifacts, and remains in a museum setting, giving viewers a close-up look at works left by the Celts and descriptions of what these relics say about the culture. Then there's the exploration, where viewers follow along the paths of the Celts throughout the centuries, showing viewers the Celts' impact through things like rock carvings left by other people that encountered the Celts during their migration. Or it might show the site of an ancient battle or burial ground while talking with other experts to describe different facets of the tribes. Finally, there are reenactments of historic events; these retellings of key moments in Celtic history are shown with a heavy lean into drama. Scenes here are dark, grey, and gritty, and always more extreme. It's entertaining and the narration is informative, but the over-the-top presentation often feels like viewers have accidentally switched over to a lower budget episode of Game of Thrones or Vikings.
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