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Rome

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8.02005X-Ray18
This epic drama chronicles the rise of the ancient Roman Empire through the eyes of two foot-soldiers and their families as well as famous historical figures including Julius Caesar, Mark Antony and Rome's first Emperor, Octavian.
Starring
Max PirkisAnna FrancoliniSuzanne Bertish
Genres
DramaHistorical
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English

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  1. 1. Rome - Episode 1
    August 28 2005
    53min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    After eight years of war, Julius Caesar has triumphed over the Gauls and looks set to return to Rome. But his soaring popularity is making his co-counsel Pompey Magnus fear that he wants to seize control and return as a dictator.
  2. 2. Rome - Episode 2
    September 4 2005
    51min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    With tensions between Caesar and Pompey reaching boiling point, a bloody battle outside the Senate pushes the situation over the edge. Soon the leading families of Rome are forced to make a potentially life choice between the two leaders.
  3. 3. Rome - Episode 3
    September 11 2005
    51min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    As Caesar makes a triumphant return to Rome, a beleaguered Pompey sends his son back to the city to track down the missing treasury gold.
  4. 4. Rome - Episode 4
    September 18 2005
    49min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Niobe struggles to keep her terrible secret from Vorenus, little knowing that Pullo has decided to take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Caesar offers a humiliated Pompey a truce, but their bloody conflict is far from over.
  5. 5. Rome - Episode 5
    September 25 2005
    51min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    As the balance of power unexpectedly swings towards Pompey, Mark Antony must make a life or death decision whether to remain loyal to Caesar. Meanwhile Vorenus struggles to rescue his relationship with Niobe before he follows Caesar into battle.
  6. 6. Episode 6
    October 2 2005
    50min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    As the conflict between Pompey and Caesar finally erupts into battle, Caesar finds himself badly outnumbered. Will his forces manage to defy the odds and triumph over their opponents?
  7. 7. Rome - Episode 7
    October 9 2005
    50min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Caesar's fevered pursuit of Pompey takes him to Egypt, where he makes a terrible discovery. Determined to establish supremacy over the Egyptian court, he sends Pullo and Vorenus off in pursuit of a fugitive Cleopatra.
  8. 8. Rome - Episode 8
    October 16 2005
    50min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    The poisonous feud between Atia and Servilia finally erupts with devastating consequences. Meanwhile Caesar has a life changing proposition for Vorenus.
  9. 9. Rome - Episode 9
    October 30 2005
    49min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    As Caesar's power spirals out of control Brutus struggles to decide whether or not to attempt an assassination. Meanwhile, Pullo and Vorenus have a devastating parting of ways.
  10. 10. Rome - Episode 10
    November 6 2005
    1 h 29 min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Estranged from Vorenus, a desperate Pullo is drawn into a life of crime, with disastrous consequences. Meanwhile, Servilia puts increasing pressure on Brutus, determined to persuade him to assassinate Caesar.

More details

Directors
Michael Apted
Supporting actors
David BamberKevin McKiddNicholas WoodesonLindsay DuncanCoral AmigaLee BoardmanKarl Johnson
Season year
2005
Network
BBC Worldwide
Purchase rights
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Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

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4.7 out of 5 stars

797 global ratings

  1. 84% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 8% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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Jem ShawReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Without this, there'd be no Game of Thrones
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Fifteen years on, this remains a masterpiece. It feels superbly authentic, not least because it was shot just outside the real Rome, capturing the unique light of Italy. It's full of betrayals, power-grabs and semi-gratuitous sex, surely providing the template so admirably emulated by GoT.

Polly Walker's gloriously amoral Atia would stand out anywhere, but among James Purefoy's strutting Mark Anthony, Ciarán Hinds' patrician and unfathomable Julius Caesar and Lindsey Duncan's consummate Servilia, she's part of one of the greatest ensemble casts ever assembled.

Titus Pullo brought us Ray Stevenson's unique acting style. It shouldn't work - he often delivers lines with the conviction of a school nativity play - but once you're past the puzzlement, you realise he's doing something far more interesting. It's bizarre, but it works to make him possibly the most compelling character in the series. Alongside Kevin McKidd's glowering Lucius Vorenus, he provides the human storyline of an unlikely but understandable friendship, culminating in possibly the most satisfying closing scene I've seen.

The performances are superb, with too many other stand-outs to mention. Simply put, there isn't a bad actor in the whole thing. The script is first-class, and avoids the jarring Americanisms that occasionally flaw the GoT's approach to modern-classical dialogue ("Can we have the room?" and its repeated use of "Smart" spring to mind*).
For those who haven't seen Rome, I envy you, especially if you're looking for something to fill the void in your life left by Daenarys and Tyrion.

It's really that good.

* Note that this criticism comes from a huge GoT fan. Please don't kill me.
dennis toyecomradeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fine ramantic achievement
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The backroom boys and girls rarely get a mention so -
Superbly written, directed and photographed.
A fine ramantic achievement.
I think Caesar, Mark Anthony, Augustus and the rest would have loved watching it.
Just two reservation - why cast Cleopatra as a 'Chelsea Girl'? Unconvincing.
She must surely be exotic, sensuous, lascivius and arch - not a miniskirted promiscuous chick
and Cicero ? -
not a whimsical rather scared lightweight but a genuinely powerful orator and thinker and a profoundly intelligent crtic of Caesr;s tyranny.
As for the rest -
excellent..
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 September 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Scenes missing ????
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I have the original series on DVD but had to leave them behind in the far east, after watching the first episode, i think some scenes have been deleted or shortened, for example the rescue of ceasars eagle, it starts with Pulo seeing the wagon, then it cuts to the end scene, the part in the middle is missing. We shall see what else is missing as i view more, if more are missing i shall down grade to one star !
JanskiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing show
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Pity that it was so expensive to produce so they had to cancel it quickly. The attention to detail is second to none. Happily brought me back to the time when it came out first. Shines in comparison to most of the quikcly made shows which are abundant nowadays.
steveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
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Excellent wish there was a season 3 , a lot of blood ant mango but it Rome. Highly recommend this drama acting and scenery amazing. Loved it. More please.
Katy CampbellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Addictive !
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My 19yo bought this and we watch together - now my husband has joined in. Good to binge 2-3 episodes at a time . Well produced and very interesting
john belliReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant Series
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The standard of acting is first rate. Sets the standard for all semi factual and fictional historical series.
PaulaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Unmissable and riveting. Such a shame there was only ever two seasons
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