After Bannockburn new TV series - BBC Two Scotland


20 March 2015
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imports_CESC_ab-stills-74-robert-bruce-and-edward-bruce-64141_01920.jpg After Bannockburn new TV series - BBC Two Scotland
A new two-part documentary traces the rise and fall of a dramatic invasion of Ireland by Robert the Bruce. ...
After Bannockburn new TV series - BBC Two Scotland Images
A new two-part documentary traces the rise and fall of a dramatic invasion of Ireland by Robert the Bruce.

Following Robert the Bruce’s victory over the English at Bannockburn, the Scots embarked on an epic invasion of Ireland that nearly changed the course of British and Irish history. 'After Bannockburn' is a new two-part documentary series which traces the rise and fall of this little known bid to create a Celtic federation to challenge the English domination of the British Isles.  It is the first in-depth television treatment of one of the great ‘what ifs’ of British history.

Brian Cox narrates the story of how, the year after his victory in 1314, King Robert the Bruce sent an army commanded by his brother, Edward, across the Irish Sea to unite the Irish, drive out their English invaders and make Edward Bruce High King of all Ireland.

'After Bannockburn' combines location footage, visceral dramatic reconstruction and high-end CGI with expert interviews and contemporary accounts from Scottish, Irish and English sources. The series reveals the forces – including forces of nature – that conspired to defeat Bruce’s visionary scheme to create a Celtic-British empire.

It features contributions from a range of academic experts including Professor Ted Cowan of Glasgow University, Professor Robert Bartlett of St Andrews University, Professor Sean Duffy of Trinity College, Dublin, and Dr Tony Pollard, Director of Glasgow University’s Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, who visits many of the battle sites.

Their testimony not only reveals a ruthless and bloody war campaign, but also sheds light on Robert the Bruce (played by Clive Russell) and his own strong affiliations with Ireland.  His family had land in Antrim, and his second wife was from the renowned Ulster family of de Burgh.  The series also explores Robert’s relationship with his younger brother, Edward (played by Douglas Russell), who aspired to be – and was for a short period – King of Ireland.

'After Bannockburn', which was filmed in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, is a co-production between Ireland’s Tile Films and Scotland’s Caledonia TV.

Episode 1 of 'After Bannockburn' will be shown on BBC Two Scotland, 9pm-10pm.


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