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Rome 

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A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Kevin McKidd ...  Lucius Vorenus 22 episodes, 2005-2007
Ray Stevenson ...  Titus Pullo 22 episodes, 2005-2007
Polly Walker ...  Atia of the Julii 22 episodes, 2005-2007
Kerry Condon ...  Octavia of the Julii 22 episodes, 2005-2007
James Purefoy ...  Mark Antony 22 episodes, 2005-2007
Ian McNeice ...  Newsreader 20 episodes, 2005-2007
Coral Amiga ...  Vorena the Elder 19 episodes, 2005-2007
Lindsay Duncan ...  Servilia of the Junii 18 episodes, 2005-2007
Lidia Biondi ...  Merula 18 episodes, 2005-2007
Tobias Menzies ...  Marcus Junius Brutus 17 episodes, 2005-2007
Nicholas Woodeson ...  Posca 17 episodes, 2005-2007
David Bamber ...  Marcus Tullius Cicero 15 episodes, 2005-2007
Chiara Mastalli ...  Eirene 15 episodes, 2005-2007
Manfredi Aliquo ...  Castor 15 episodes, 2005-2007
Indira Varma ...  Niobe 15 episodes, 2005-2007
Suzanne Bertish ...  Eleni 14 episodes, 2005-2007
Max Pirkis ...  Gaius Octavian 13 episodes, 2005-2007
Lee Boardman ...  Timon 13 episodes, 2005-2007
Esther Hall ...  Lyde 13 episodes, 2005-2007
Ciarán Hinds ...  Gaius Julius Caesar 13 episodes, 2005-2007
Anna Fausta Primiano ...  Vorena the Younger 12 episodes, 2005-2007
Michael Nardone ...  Mascius 10 episodes, 2005-2007
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Storyline

In this British historical drama, the turbulent transition from Roman republic to autocratic empire, which changed world history through civil war and wars of conquest, is sketched both from the aristocratic viewpoint of Julius Caesar, his family, his adopted successor Octavian Augustus, and their political allies and adversaries, and from the politically naive viewpoint of a few ordinary Romans, notably the soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo and their families. Written by KGF Vissers

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Before Spartacus: Blood Sand. Before Game of Thrones. There was Rome! See more »


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Official Sites:

BBC [UK] | HBO GO® [USA]

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2005 (USA) See more »

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Rome See more »

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Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(22 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Approximately 1,250 pairs of period shoes and sandals were made in Bulgaria. See more »

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Captive birds are shown frequently, including Macaws and Amazon parrots from America, and cockatoos from Australia. Those continents were unknown to the Romans; they wouldn't have traveled to obtain the birds. See more »

Quotes

Cassius: 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.
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Alternate Versions

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. See more »

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This show is HOT!!!
13 September 2005 | by jesseny-1See all my reviews

Just watched the third episode of ROME and I love it!! I was surprised to read some of the negative reviews on this forum.

Political intrigue, great acting, sex, violence (the hand to hand type not the I'll shoot ya from a mile away kind), booze, gambling, prostitution, HOT HOT women, macho guys, murder, what's there not to like?!

Not to go into all the details, but getting to know the characters is crucial. And after three episodes, We know the players. The actors are real good, thanks to the producers to go and get real actors not some pretty boy talentless losers. I read that the actors were mostly Brits and that is key. Most American Actors wouldn't be able to pull off the roles. Some of the acting is flawed but hey, it's a TV show and a darn good one. Being a history buff and after watching Collin Farrell and Angelina Jolie embarrass themselves in Alexander and Brad Pitt in Troy, Rome is quite a refreshing period piece.

Liking a TV show has a lot to do with connecting with the characters. And there are a lot of them, about 12 main characters.1st of all Polly Walker as Atia is incredible!! This show was made for her. She's so hot and devious, and cunning, and okay hot, and such a strong personality, absolutely radiant woman, Wow.Then there's Ray Stevenson as Titus, he's like a Bullet Tooth Tony from Snatch. Macho, whoring, gambler type, a mans' man tough guy. Kevin McKidd is real good as a complex quiet type. Really good cast of fine actors. Indira Varma (plays Niobe)- SIZZLING HOT and she can act a little too. Not to mention Ciaran Hinds, he plays Caesar, absolutely believable, thank goodness. Kenneth Cranham (Pompey)-Fine, the actor that plays Cato (Karl Johnson)is also good.

The set is legit. I feel like we're in Rome and not some Hollywood Movie set. I'm not sure if they're are using 3D MAx (or some other computer engineered set) but it works.

Then there's the story line. A lot of evil doings going on and political maneuvering, love affairs of course, surely Rome was like that 2000 years ago! Obviously they have their history consultants, they are using the names of real people of Rome who lived 50 BC or there abouts and of course most is fictionalized to entertain us, so the plots are thick.

Anyway, thumbs up from me, THIS IS A DON'T MISS SHOW.


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