Romans are coming to BBC ONE
ONE viewers are being offered a ticket to ancient Rome this October
as Colosseum – Rome's Arena Of Death and
Pompeii – The Last Day prove that time travel
is not just the stuff of fiction.
two prime time history documentaries will peel away 2,000 years
of time to reveal just how real the Roman world was to those living
– and dying – in it.
films are made in a similar style to last year's hit Pyramid, and
combine compelling narrative with state-of-the-art computer graphics
and high-quality drama reconstruction.
the door to a wide variety of subjects is key to BBC ONE,"
says Lorraine Heggessey, Controller of BBC ONE.
season we're putting history centre stage. Building on the success
of Pyramid and using our expertise in the area of computer-generated
imagery, we've pushed technology to the limits to recreate the world
of ancient Italy and bring to life history through the stories of
those who lived it."
– Rome's Arena Of Death throws new light on the way gladiators
fought and trained, and reveals how many of them were the superstars
of their age.
revolves around the true story of Verus, who rises from slave to
star gladiator, but then faces the ultimate challenge.
film charts the story of one man's journey from slavery to freedom
and of the building where he was prepared to fight for his life.
is also the story of the Roman civilisation that demanded he should
– The Last Day recreates the 24 hours around 24 August AD79
when Mount Vesuvius erupted with horrifying force, spewing 10 billion
tonnes of pumice, rock and ash onto the prosperous Roman cities
of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
state-of-the-art visual effects and dramatic reconstruction, the
film recreates each stage of the eruption and explores the impact
it had on factual characters known from historical and forensic
evidence unearthed in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
TV viewers will have the chance to investigate the darker side of
the Roman world in an interactive 'whodunit' designed to
accompany the BBC ONE transmissions.
their remote control, viewers on Freeview and DSat are invited to
examine a roman crime scene and deliver a 'post mortem' on a character
who appears in both films by applying their knowledge of ancient
History - www.bbc.co.uk/history
- offers further exciting opportunities to learn about Roman life
through websites for each programme: Colosseum
– Rome's Arena Of Death; Pompeii
– The Last Day
include a game in which visitors can arm gladiators for different
styles of combat; a chance to reconstruct the Colosseum; and a dedicated
– Rome's Arena Of Death is a BBC production for BBC ONE in
association with Discovery.
– The Last Day is a BBC production for BBC ONE in association
with The Learning Channel.
Colosseum - Rome's Arena Of Death and Pompeii -
The Last Day press pack is available below in PDF
format, in sections or as a complete pack.
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press pack (1.55 MB)
Taking it further and Roman timeline (379 KB)
– Rome’s Arena Of Death (407 KB)
– The Last Day (894 KB)
ONE puts history centre stage this autumn (29.07.03)
ONE history commissions bring to life Pompeii, the Colosseum and
the world of Queen Victoria (23.04.03)
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