MacDonaldand Bruno Heller. They were later released on DVD and Blu-ray. The series features a sprawling cast of characters, many of whom are based on real figures from historical records, but the lead protagonists are ultimately two soldiers named Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullowho find their lives intertwined with key historical events.
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In terms of scope and complexity, however, the similarities end there. It hits its soapy stride by the third. Beautifully shot by director Michael Apted in a manner that transforms Rome into a vibrant, breathing creation, the series is also rife with grisly moments, including a gut-wrenching demonstration of anesthetic-free surgery in the second installment. Yet for all the epic scale and stakes, the production hews to courtroom and bedroom encounters as opposed to great bloody battles.
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Memories of Michael Palin as the lisping Pontius Pilate in Life of Brian rebuking his giggling staff "Stwike him centuwion, vewy woughly! For a start, the only actor who actually looked as if he'd even been to Italy is Ciaran Hinds. Stevenson ran around chopping people up with his sword and smashing people's teeth in like Grantus Mitchellus on speed.
Sign in. Vorenus' defense of Caesar lands him in an unexpected position of power within Rome. Meanwhile, Servilia hurls the final obstacle in her ambitious and complex revenge plan against Atia. With the defeat of the Egyptian fleet at Actium, Mark Antony and Cleopatra retreat to their palace and await their fate.