Vikings

Series 1 - Episode 3

Radio Times
Review by:
Emma Sturgess

We all know that Canute couldn’t hold back the tide, but his Norse origins aren’t quite as well known as his day at the beach. The ruler of a huge empire and an early standardiser of European currency, Canute was laid to rest in Christian fashion at Winchester Cathedral. But his roots were pagan. He was a Viking. The story of how he came to be king of all England is also the story of how the Viking world kept changing, with fortresses, dynasties and, crucially, conversion to Christianity.

Throughout his programmes about the Vikings, Neil Oliver has kept the clichéd tales of violent pillage to a minimum, but it seems that they were not the only ones to behave badly.

About this programme

3/3. Neil Oliver tells the story of how the age of the Vikings came to an end, using archaeological evidence to explore the lives of the first Danish kings, the spread of Christianity in Scandinavia, and the voyages of discovery undertaken by Norse sailors in the Atlantic. He also profiles Canute, the former king of England, and reveals why the reputation he has accrued over the past millennium does a disservice to his diplomatic feats.

Cast and crew

Cast

Presenter
Neil Oliver

Crew

Director
Simon Winchcombe
Executive Producer
Eamon Hardy
Producer
Simon Winchcombe
Series Producer
Cameron Balbirnie
Categories
Education

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