Follow one of TV's best loved historians, Michael Wood, as he energetically brushes through woodlands and overgrowth, camera man in tow, to get as close as possible to some remarkable historical landscapes. The enthusiasm of this Anglo-Saxon-speaking historian is irresistibly contagious in this never-before-released landmark 1981 BBC series. Known for his critically acclaimed series In Search of the Trojan War (1985), The Story of India (2007) and Michael Wood's Story of England (2010), this was the screen debut for the history Professor. Though his original ambition was to become a medieval historian, Wood says he was 'drawn away by television' and the chance to popularise history, his lifelong passion. With subjects ranging from the chivalric King Arthur to the terrifyingly named Eric Bloodaxe, no part of the series was filmed in a studio, as maverick presenter Michael Wood preferred to get up close and personal with the landscapes that shaped the face of history. Overturning perceptions of the dark ages as a shadowy and brutal era, this series reveals it to be a surprisingly eventful and formative period in the history of Britain.