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The Lost Gods · (Na Déithe Caillte)

'The Lost Gods' exploring the forgotten religions of six ancient world civilisations. A Tile Films co-production with VisionTV International Canada, the series won the Intermedia Globe Gold Award at the World Media Festival 2006 in Hamburg (Culture Section). Co-produced with Vision TV International Canada for S4C Wales, TG4 Ireland, Vision TV Canada, S4C International and Ellis Releasing. Pre-sold to SRG SSR idée suisse – Switzerland and YLE Teema Finland. Partly funded by the European Commission – MEDIA Programme. Since sold to SBS Australia, The History Channel UK, Smithsonian Networks USA, Odiessa Spain, ZDF Germany and a feature length version was cut for France 5.


The official release date for The Lost Gods is November 2005

Sooner or later, everything ends. One by one, the mighty civilizations of the ancient world passed into history. And when they died, their gods died with them. Or did they? The Lost Gods, a 6 x 25 min HD documentary series, takes a thought-provoking look at these ancient empires and their vanished religions. The series was shot on High Definition at locations in 11 different countries and written and presented by Irish author and television personality Christy Kenneally.

Each half-hour episode traces the rise and fall of one of six great civilizations: the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Maya, the Inca and the Celts. Kenneally follows the evolution of each culture's spiritual beliefs, examines the art and architecture created to honour the gods, and reveals the ultimate fate of these empires and their religions.

The Lost Gods is a Tile Films co-production with VisionTV International for TG4 (Ireland), S4C (Wales), VisionTV (Canada), SRG SSR (Switzerland) and YLE Teema (Finland). The series was produced and directed by one of Ireland's foremost documentary filmmakers, Stephen Rooke.


  • Sunday 19th Feb 2006

    "By dextrously blending academic instruction with the conventions of fantasy television, the series succeeded in imbuing old stories with new life… In the current global climate, the series provides a useful eye-opener to those who believe that religious doctrines are carved in stone."

  • Saturday 4th Feb 2006

    "(Christy) Kenneally’s poetic script, combined with startlingly beautiful and fluid photography, delicately excavates the stories behind the Greeks and Romans, the Maya, the Inca and the Celts. ... in a world of tyrants and theocracies the series provides a timely reminder of our past."

  • Thursday 12th Jan 2006

    "Fast moving, however, does not even begin to describe the pace of the highly ambitious and well-made Na Déithe Caillte: The Lost Gods…with its blend of computer graphics and speeded cameras – a nice counterbalance to the conversational intimacy of narrator and scriptwriter Christy Kenneally"