ONE history commissions bring to life Pompeii, the Colosseum and
the world of Queen Victoria
ONE has announced three new history commissions which will take
viewers to the terrifying last moments of Pompeii, to the world
of Roman gladiators and into the life of Queen Victoria.
commissions follow the success of
BBC ONE's Pyramid, which told the story of the Great Pyramid of
Giza through the eyes of the men who built it.
are part of BBC ONE Controller Lorraine Heggessey's strategy of
adding more depth and breadth to the schedule.
Last Day of Pompeii
terrifying last moments of a city caught in a volcanic death trap.
August 24 AD79 the city of Pompeii came to a devastating end as
the mighty Vesuvius erupted, showering inhabitants with ash, smoke
escaped, but those who remained were entombed forever as they fell.
dramatic reconstructions, expert investigations, and lavish CGIs,
The Last Day of Pompeii follows a cast of characters including lovers,
soldiers, slaves and families.
film recreates a vivid and engaging account of the last day of Pompeii.
combines compelling narrative with state-of-the art computer graphic
techniques and high-end drama reconstruction to take the viewer
back in time to the world of ancient Rome.
story revolves around the making of a hero, Verus, who rises from
slave to star gladiator.
debut is at the inauguration of the extraordinary amphitheatre,
the Colosseum, which has just been built in Rome and is the largest
the Empire will ever see.
fight goes down in history, recorded by the poet Martial to become
the only gladiatorial fight of which an accurate, truthful record
Verus' story takes viewers into his world, showing how gladiators
really fought and trained and how the greatest amphitheatre of all
is the story of a man's journey from slavery to freedom and of the
building where he was prepared to fight for his life a story
also of the civilisation, Rome, that demanded he should do so.
An Intimate History
Scales - who has portrayed Queen Victoria in acclaimed performances
takes a leading role in this new series telling the story
of one of the most famous women in history.
Scales takes a journey of discovery into Victoria's life, the places
that were important to her, the facts from experts who cast light
on her extraordinary story.
actress will read from Queen Victoria's huge collection of diaries
and letters, sometimes in costume and from the locations where they
alongside Prunella Scales are Timothy West, Charles Dance and Andrew
Sachs, who plays Disraeli.
has had its moments in icy cold weather Prunella's prosthetic
nose would sometimes spring open like a draw-bridge.
Sharif features in BBC ONE's Pyramid (10.10.02)
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