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.
The actors' regional British accents were used with effect to enhance the portrayal of the social distinctions of ancient Roman society; however after initial previews, some of the stronger accents were re-dubbed and toned down for American audiences.
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 implies that the break between Caesar and Pompey happens after the death of Julia, Caesar's daughter and Pompey's wife. In reality, she had been dead for several years by the time of Caesar's conflict with Rome.
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.