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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.

Smithsonian Channel
1 Season, 10 Episodes
April 30, 2019
Documentary & Biography
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Mystic Britain Full Episode Guide

  • 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?

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