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Neil Oliver


Neil is an archaeologist, historian, author and broadcaster.

His television debut came in 2002 with the literally ground-breaking ‘Two Men in a Trench’ battlefield archaeology series for BBC2. Neil then become a familiar face as the lead presenter for the last four series of BBC’s award-winning ‘Coast’, in which the landscapes, history, natural history, geography – and most of all the people of Great Britain and Ireland, past and present – are placed centre stage.

Neil has also been seen on BBC1 and BBC2 as the presenter of the channel defining ‘A History of Scotland’ and ‘A History of Ancient Britain’ and most recently can be seen on BBC2 in ‘Vikings’.

Neil’s books include A History of Ancient Britain (2011) A History of Scotland(2009); Amazing Tales for Making Men Out of Boys (2008); Coast From the Air (2007); and Not Forgotten (2005). He also co-authored Two Men in a Trench II(2003) and Two Men in a Trench (2002). His other television credits include ‘Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer’, for BBC 1; a lengthy stint on BBC1’s ‘The One Show’, in 2007; ‘Scotland’s History: The Top Ten’ and ‘The History Detectives’, for BBC2, as well as ‘Time Team’ and ‘The Face of Britain’, for C4.

His latest book, Vikings, was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2012.

Neil lives in Scotland.