...PS yeah, I guess it is literally politically correct to call an autonomous country by it's own name, as opposed to by the name of its neighbour.
Thanks for the interesting historical interpretation, and sorry Tomos, I didn't mean to step on your ancestral toes, but the point that I was trying to politely make (as an Anglo-Saxon Islamic-Christian Yorkshire-Welsh Jewish Republican Democrat Llap Goch human being) was that the term "ancient Britain"
would have collectively included Ireland by default - which is why the historians at the BBC presumably (i.e., based on historical record) would have referred to it as that, rather than as you might seem to have preferred it to be described. That is, Ireland would not have been at that time "...an autonomous country [known] by it's own name" in the current geopolitical sense.
Indeed, I am also very sorry if I have somehow angered the Old Ones and disturbed the very orbit of the Sun around the flat earth, and the balance of the tortoises on which the latter rests.
Now the BBC might have got it entirely wrong, of course - and goodness knows, it probably wouldn't be the first time - so, if you think they did, then I would strongly suggest that you bring it up with Ofcom
, though one suspects that they won't take kindly to it if they thought they were being asked to rewrite history (mind you, one never knows until one tries).
Otherwise, you might like to get up a petition to insist
that the venerable (but not infallible) Beeb make a public apology and correction, so that the term "Ancient Britain" must now be brought into line with current (modern political) boundaries and to include (by name) Éire, Northern Ireland, Cymru(Wales), Scotland, the Outer Hebrides, the Channel Islands (including Guernsey, Big Sark, Little Sark and Brecqhou), the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Anglesey, etc. and not forgetting that other piece of land whose inhabitants the Welsh affectionately refer to as "Twll dîn pob Sais".
Many people could probably be a signatories for that, if they considered that the Beeb were a bunch of arrogant Anglophiles who are up themselves and who would have been deservedly taken down a peg or two if only Hitler had had his way. That'd teach the Beeb to make those arguably divisive "Dad's Army" and "Allo, Allo!" comedy series which absolutely nobody
in their right minds would have larfed at.
Some people (not me, you understand) might say that the Beeb were "Offensive bigoted racists", but I couldn't possibly comment, though it might mean that you could be in with a chance at either or both Ofcom or a petition.