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06.27.2019

SMITHSONIAN CHANNE CONJURES THE SUPERNATURAL PAST IN MYSTIC BRITAIN

NEW SERIES HOSTED BY VETERAN COMEDIAN AND TELEVISION PRESENTER CLIVE ANDERSON PREMIERES MONDAY, AUGUST 5 AT 9 PM ET/PT

 

NEW YORK – June 27, 2019 – Smithsonian Channel is set to reveal the secrets of Britain’s most mysterious sites via a road trip mixing mysticism with very British humor. In this 10-part series, television and radio presenter Clive Anderson (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) 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. MYSTIC BRITAIN premieres Monday, August 5 at 9 PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

 

In the series premiere, WITCHES AND DEMONS, 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?

 

Please click here for a weekly schedule and episode descriptions for MYSTIC BRITAIN.

 

MYSTIC BRITAIN is produced by Blink Films for Smithsonian Networks. Dan Gold is the series producer, while Andra Heritage and Dan Chambers are executive producers for Blink Films. John Cavanagh, Charles Poe and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.