TV Series | TV-MA | | Action, Drama, History
A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
After leaving the series, Maxim Baldry would star opposite Rowan Atkinson in Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007). In Blackadder Back & Forth (1999), Lord Edmund Blackadder (Atkinson) time travels to the Roman era and encounters his distant ancestor Centurion Blaccadiucus (Also Atkinson).
Eirene. It's good to see you.
Titus Pullo: Fair enough.
Titus Pullo: Erm... i-if-if... If you can't do it... th-that's all right too.
The series left out or changed details of actual history in many instances. Among them, were the following: (1) Pompey was only 6 years older than Caesar, (2) Octavian was not called Octavian until after his posthumous adoption by Caeser, prior to that he was called Octavius (3) Although, Octavius was shown at the beginning of the series (52 BCE) to be living in his mother's household, Octavius was raised by his grandmother until her death in 51 BCE. (4) Atia was married to Lucius Marcus Philippus from 56 BCE (prior to the beginning of the events in the series) until her death in 43 BCE. (5) Brutus committed suicide after his/Cassius's defeat at Philippi, he was not killed by Antony's men. Mark Antony, as a show of great respect, ordered Brutus' body to be wrapped in Antony's most expensive purple mantle. (6) Octavia had 2 or possibly 3 children at the time of her marriage to Mark Antony, which was precipitated by her first husband's death in 40 BCE. (7) Although left out entirely from the story, Porcia, Brutus's wife, was a much closer proxy to Servilia's character, which bore little resemblance to her real life counterpart. Porcia is rumored to have played a much larger role than Servilia in planning Caesar's assassination and Porcia, not Servilia, committed suicide after the death of Brutus.
Because episode three is 37 minutes long, it was hard for BBC2 to schedule in the UK, and it was also felt that the short running time would make the episode feel curiously light. The first three episodes were therefore edited down into episodes one and two for the UK. This was mostly achieved by trimming within existing scenes; few scenes were actually lost. The final two episodes of the first series were also edited into a single double-length episode, possibly because it was around the Christmas period and was easier to fit into the holiday schedule than two regular-length slots.
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