A History of Scotland is a BBC Worldwide examination of Scotland, both past history and present day. This ten-part documentary is hosted by archaeologist and broadcaster Neil Oliver and was released by BBC on August 17, 2010. It is filmed in Scotland and includes information on Scottish history, allegiances, politics, and religious conflict.
This documentary starts with the beginnings of the various tribes in Scotland about 2,000 years ago and continues up through the late 1990s as the documentary discusses the discovery of oil in the North Sea. The documentary details the struggles and battles fought in Scotland’s history and includes information on William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Sir Walter Scott, just to name a few.
The photography is absolutely stunning and includes shots of Arbroath Abbey, where Scotland’s declaration for independence was signed in the 14th century as well as beautiful footage of the Antonine Wall that was built by the Roman Empire and stretches across Central Scotland.
I love the story of the Hebrides. Felix Mendelssohn traveled to Scotland as part of his tour of Europe. He was inspired to write his Hebrides Overture by the grandeur of Fingal’s Cave. The host really gives you an idea of what life was like during that time period and others by showing carvings and other artifacts. He really brings the history of Scotland alive. His Scottish accent just adds to the authentic feel of the documentary.
A History of Scotland contains a total of five DVDs and includes the full nine hours of this ten-part series. It also includes the documentaries How the Celtics Saved Britain – A New Civilization Documentary and How the Celtics Saved Britain – Salvation which are presented by Dan Snow. There is also a 24-page booklet titled “A History of Scotland” that has facts and and gorgeous pictures of a variety of Scottish landmarks mentioned in the documentary. This is a truly amazing journey through Scottish history and among its people.