VIEWERS have hailed Britannia as the new Game of Thrones as the spectacular new show made its TV debut.
The TV epic began last night on Sky Atlantic, and fans swarmed to Twitter to share their thoughts.
The historical nine-part series, starring David Morrissey and Zoe Wanamaker, promised to fill the gap left by Game of Thrones, and viewers were keen to debate the first episode online.
One fan called it "Game of Thrones on acid" and another was amazed by the grisly torture scenes.
One wrote: "Did anyone else get serious #GameOfThrones vibes when they were torturing that Roman prisoner in #Britannia?"
Another added: "Awesome, best British production I've ever seen, game of thrones on acid."
From now on all hour-long episodes of the series will be available on Sky TV.
The show tells the story of the Roman Imperial Army of 43AD, and their determination to take over the Celtic heart of Britannia.
However, the land in question is ruled by warrior women and druids who threaten to conjure forces of the underworld in a bid to save their precious country.
The Roman Army is led by General Aurus, who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal.
The cast of Britannia includes many famous faces, including David Morrissey, Kelly Reilly and Zoe Wanamaker.
While the story is set in what is now the United Kingdom, scenes were filmed in a number of international locations.
The show features beautiful coastal scenery – some of which is CGI, and some backdrop locations include the Czech Republic and Wales.
Ten large sets were built for the drama, and more than 20 locations feature in the series.
Producers also had a copy of Stonehenge made, along with dwellings and a meadow near Mořinka, which is in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.
Production also headed to Velká Amerika, an abandoned limestone quarry near Mořina village. The old quarry of Alkazar was also used, along with its system of underground tunnels.
Filming also took place in the Prachov Rocks area near Hrubá Skála. They also filmed horse riding shots at in Gower Peninsula, South Wales.