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Sky has commissioned a second series of its historical drama series 'Britannia'.

Written by Jez and Tom Butterworth, and starring David Morrissey, Kelly Reilly, Zoe Wanamaker and Mackenzie Crook, the first series was Sky's biggest original production launch since its arctic thriller 'Fortitude' – the first episode of 'Britannia' was watched by a cumulative audience of 1.88 million.

To date, it has more than 10 million downloads and views on demand, is the most downloaded Sky series in Ultra HD (aka 4K) and has sold in 206 territories worldwide.

Set in 43AD, the first series followed the Roman army as they returned to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a "mysterious land led by warrior women and powerful Druids who claim to channel the powerful forces of the underworld". It told of the battle between the Druids, Celts and Romans as they all vied for supremacy.

Series two will explore the life of the Celts and Druids, now living under Roman rule.

"The first series of 'Britannia' brought Jez's unique vision to life," said Cameron Roach, commissioning editor for drama at Sky. "The series is a tale of clashing faith systems, torn apart families, mystic men and fearsome queens, all told with humour, heart, epic drama and violence.

"Drama on Sky is about the unexpected, the visceral and the memorable, it's about stories told in a way that you won't find anywhere else. That's why we are delighted to be working with Jez and the production team on the next instalment."

Series two will air next year. Filming starts this spring.

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