Rome

It cost a staggering amount of money to make, but it was all worth it in the end. Rome, a sprawling tale charting the lives and loves of such titans as Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, has been one of the must-see shows of recent years.

rome

It cost a staggering amount of money to make, but it was all worth it in the end. Rome, a sprawling tale charting the lives and loves of such titans as Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, has been one of the must-see shows of recent years.

Based on a true story (although "true story" doesn't exactly do justice to the sheer scale of the historical period captured by the series), Rome charts the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. In other words, it's about how democracy mutated into a dictatorship as men and women fought for political and sexual supremacy behind the scenes.

All the biggies are here, from Julius Caesar (played with god-like authority by Ciaran Hinds) to the legendary Mark Antony. Interestingly, though, most of the action is seen from the point of view of two ordinary soldiers, Lucius and Titus, who act as our eyes and ears in the gritty, squalid and thrilling world of Rome.