What's the story?

Blood of the Clans.

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TV presenter Neil Oliver – a man known for his flowing raven tresses and often polarising political standpoints – presents a three-part drama-documentary series about clan conflict. Following on from Rise of the Clans, which aired in 2018, Blood of the Clans tells stories from a potent era of Scottish history using reconstructions of key moments coupled with expert insight from academics.

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What period are we talking?

The opening episode thrusts viewers into the 17th-century Scottish Civil War which triggered fierce clan warfare.

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Hostilities raged between the Covenanters, who had controlled Scotland since 1639, and the Royalists, who were loyal to Charles I. Years of bloodshed followed seeing large-scale combat, shifting loyalties and a deadly cat-and-mouse game played out against the rugged Highland landscapes.

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Who are the main players?

James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose and leader of the Clan Graham, was a Covenanter-turned-Royalist general. He faced off against Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll and Chief of Clan Campbell, who refused to accept the King's claim on Scotland.

When can I watch?

Blood of the Clans begins on BBC One Scotland, Wednesday, 9pm.