‘Atlantis: End Of A World, Birth Of A Legend’ clips

BBC One have released two new clips from Atlantis: End Of A World, Birth Of A Legend. Airing in March, the one-off drama tells the story of the greatest natural disaster to shake the ancient world, the destruction of the island of Thera around 1620 BC.

Many experts now believe that this volcanic eruption and its catastrophic impact on Europe’s first great civilisation, the Minoans, inspired the legend of Atlantis.

Starring Reece Ritchie (Prince Of Persia) and Stephanie Leonida (MirrorMask), the production was shot almost entirely in a studio set against green screen. Physical sets were built in the foreground, with the backgrounds added later in CG, similar to the movie 300.

In the first clip, while Pinaruti takes part in an initiation rite, Yishharu is making an offering to Poseidon. But the ground beneath his feet cracks and bursts into a hydrothermal explosion. It’s one of the first signs of the impending eruption…

In the second clip, the volcano on the island of Thera enters the main eruption phase – a Plinian eruption. It generates a massive shockwave that creates havoc amongst the islanders…