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In Mystic Britain, television and radio presenter Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota explore the island's ancient places and rituals. With Mary-Ann more than a match for Clive's signature wit and irreverence, the pair travel the length of Britain to investigate the strange and sacred beliefs of its past, joining scientists, archaeologists and historians to look at the latest discoveries unearthing what ancient Britons did in the name of their beliefs and why.

Mystic Britain is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on April 30, 2019.

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Smithsonian Channel
2 Seasons, 20 Episodes
April 30, 2019
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Clive Anderson
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Mystic Britain Full Episode Guide

  • They drilled holes into skulls for head trauma, plucked pigeons to transfer the bubonic plague from person to bird, and battled bacteria with a combo of copper and cow dung. Welcome to the Middle Ages and the world of Tudor medicine, which was more dark art than science. Clive and Mary-Ann explore this time of desperate cures for desperate conditions and find out how an accident changed both Henry VIII and medicine forever. Their journey will take them through a macabre list of treatments, including bloodletting, urine diagnostics, and more.

  • On London's Westminster Bridge is an impressive monument to one of the most iconic women in British history: Boudica. The story of the queen of the Iceni tribe-who took the fight to the mighty Roman Army in 60 AD-is well known in British folklore, but what is the truth behind the legend? Follow Clive and Mary-Ann as they visit replica Iron Age villages, ride chariots, and consult with a giant rabbit to better understand who this fierce warrior was, how she raised such a massive army, and what happened during her epic last stand again Rome.

  • A brave, chivalrous ruler. A magical sword. A mythical castled city. And a round table of noble knights. The story of King Arthur is both an epic tale and a puzzling mystery. What, if any, truth lies behind the legend? Hosts Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota are on the trail to find out. They examine a 12th-century work that greatly contributed to the myth, written during a time of civil war, when Briton needed a hero. They also cast spells, wield magical swords, and encounter a real Merlin, to see if there is any truth to the legend.

  • Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota visit the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the woods of Bristol, and a remote Welsh cave to investigate the strangest set of human bones every discovered in Britain: The Red Lady. Dating back 34,000 years and stained red, these remains have baffled historians and archaeologists ever since they were discovered in 1823. Who was she? How did she end up in a cave? And why are her bones red? Using the latest forensic technology, we unearth evidence of woolly mammoths, magic wands, ancient weapons, and even zombies.

  • Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota pay a visit to Anglesey, an island on the northwest coast of Wales that, 2,000 years ago, was dripping with druids. We know that these ancient Britons were annihilated by the Roman Army in 60 A.D., but we know very little about who the druids actually were. Were they harmless, harp-playing hippies or sinister practitioners of dark magic and human sacrifice? To find out, our hosts immerse themselves in the culture, playing their sacred horn, creating a wicker man, and even encountering an actual druid.

  • The Maeshowe runes in Northern Scotland have been a great mystery for many millennia. To the Neolithic people, the ancient monument was a burial chamber. To the Vikings, it was the home of vast treasures. And to Victorians, it was the lair of Hogboon, a powerful ancestral Norse spirit. Join Clive and Mary-Ann as they travel through 5,000 years of myth and history to uncover the true story of Maeshowe. It's a journey that will bring them into a world of legendary monsters, Christmas zombies, and sounds that drove hardened warriors insane.

  • Of all the ways Britain's ancestors have left their mark on the land, none are as impressive or as baffling as the giant carvings cut into the chalklands of Southern England. Chief among them is a White Horse, a 360-foot, mysterious piece of land art steeped in legend, folklore, and magic. Join Clive and Mary-Ann as they translate the subtleties of ancient texts, party with local pagans, and explore the horse's mystical power to pull generations and communities together, all in an attempt to discover who built this incredible creature and why.

  • Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota are on a hunt for the Picts, a medieval tribe from Scotland that terrified the Romans and ruled most of northern Scotland for centuries before vanishing from history. Our hosts are on a mission to discover who these formidable people were, what happened to them, and where this lost tribe eventually went. Finding the answers will lead them into a strange world of myth and magic, involving Viking-battling giants, crazed warriors, and the Loch Ness Monster-Nessie-herself!

  • TV presenter Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota explore Britain's ancient places and rituals.

  • Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota's journey through Britain's strange and unusual past explores everything from the unsettling to the simply surprising, from zombies and mummification to witchcraft.

  • Comedian and barrister Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota explore one of Britain's best known but most mysterious sites and consider new theories about why Stonehenge was really built.

  • Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota don deer skull headdresses, do some ancient DIY, and try to commune with the old gods as they investigate Britain's Ice Age shamans.

  • Comedian Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota explore Britain's mystical past. From strange tombs to twisted skeletons deep in giant caves, the landscape reveals ancient rituals and sacred beliefs.

  • Mummification is usually associated with early Egyptians or Peruvians, but as Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota discover, the practice had reached Britain during the prehistoric Bronze Age.

  • The chance discovery of a gold-filled Anglo-Saxon royal tomb at Prittlewell, Essex, went global. Comedian Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota ask: who was this this ancient royal?

  • Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota humorously unravel Yorkshire's 'living dead' - human remains from the Middle Ages, when it was believed zombies walked England's green and pleasant land.

  • Explore the history and mystical powers of Hadrian's Wall, the Roman Empire's most impressive British legacy.

  • In an anonymous field next to a busy main road, Clive Anderson visits the most mystic place in Britain that you've never heard of - The Rollright Stones.

  • Clive travels to the ancient Church of St. Mary's Troston, where the walls are scored with medieval demonic symbols. Mary-Ann tries her hand at spells and curses, learning why demons really weren't very smart. Clive tries to understand why people 600 years ago truly believed that demons walked the earth doing the devil's work. The two discover that these evil creatures transformed into something very real and very human - witches. What drove such intense levels of superstition in our ancestors? And were people really practicing black magic?