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.
Alasdair Milne, who was the BBC's Managing Director of Television in the 1970s and Director-General in the 1980s, described the series as "rubbish, historically inaccurate and done simply to titillate American taste".
Look now. Look at that.
Marcus Junius Brutus: It is a chair. What of it?
Cassius: A chair? It's a throne!
Marcus Junius Brutus: I believe thrones are generally more decorative. That is decidedly plain, and chair-like.
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.
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