Born in Scotland, Neil Oliver is an archaeologist, historian, author and broadcaster. He is best known as a presenter on the award-winning BBC series Coast, centering on the landscapes, natural history and general history of The British Isles. He also has presented The History of Scotland on BBC2, A History of Ancient Britain highlighting Stonehenge, Vikings for Channel 4, The Celts:Blood Iron and Sacrifice and Coats New Zealand to name but a few programmes. Neil has toured the UK with his informative presentations and is a popular speaker on the corporate circuit.
Probably best known as presenter of the BBC2 series Coast, Neil is a qualified archaeologist, historian, author and presenter with field work covering everything from the early Stone Age in Scotland to the examination of World War II coastal fortifications of Kent and Northern France.
Originally a journalist on such publications as The Scotsman, The Herald, The Guardian, The Edinburgh Evening News and The Daily Record, Neil’s television career really took off in 2002 when he filmed BBC2’s Two Men in a Trench with friend Tony Pollard. The programme saw Neil visit historic British battlefields and recreate the battle situation using state-of-the-art technology. He went onto write a number of books based on the subject.
In addition to working on Coast, Neil has made numerous documentaries including; The Face of Britain for Channel 4 and Scotland’s History:The Top Ten for BBC2. He also took part in Channel4’s Time Team:Big Royal Dig where he dug up parts of the gardens at the Palace of Holyrood in Edinburgh.
Other credits include work on The History Detectives for BBC2, contributions to The One Show BBC1 and the landmark documentary series for his native country, A History of Scotland for BBC Scotland. He has also presented BBC1’s Cleopatra Portrait of a Killer, investigating the story of Egypt’s power-mad queen, A History of Ancient Britain for BBC2, Viking for Channel 4, The Celts:Blood Iron and Sacrifice, Coast New Zealand, Coast Australia, Britain’s Ancient Capital:Secrets of Orkney and Rise of the Clans to name but a few. He has also featured in such programmes as Cunk on Britain and The Inbetweeners:Fwends Reunited.
In addition to his television presenting work, Neil has toured the UK with his informative presentations and is a popular specialist speaker, presenter and event host on the corporate circuit.