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BBC TWO - Autumn highlights 2005



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Rome

 

Rome is a spectacular epic drama series for BBC TWO which chronicles the rise of the Roman Empire through the eyes of two foot-soldiers.

 

Co-produced with HBO, it's the powerful saga of two ordinary Roman soldiers, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, who unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome.

 

An intimate drama of love and betrayal, masters and slaves, husbands and wives, it portrays a fascinating and influential period of history: the death of a republic and the birth of an empire.

 

The series begins in 52 BC, as Gaius Julius Caesar completes his conquest of Gaul after eight years of war and prepares to return to Rome.

 

Ciaran Hinds stars as Gaius Julius Caesar; Kevin McKidd as Lucius Vorenus; Ray Stevenson as Titus Pullo; James Purefoy as Mark Antony; Kenneth Cranham as Pompey Magnus; Lindsay Duncan as Servilia; Polly Walker as Atia; Indira Varma as Niobe; Tobias Menzies as Brutus; Kerry Condon as Octavia; and Max Pirkis as Gaius Octavian, who later becomes the first Emperor of Rome.

 

FP

 

Manhunters

 

Humans become the hunted in this series of true, dramatised stories.

 

These remarkable cases show how Sweden's wolves, India's leopards and Africa's lions all developed a taste for human flesh.

 

In India's jungles, the Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag killed more than 125 people before legendary hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett, played by Jason Flemyng, stopped it in its tracks.

 

In darkest Africa, the Lions of Njombe killed 1,500 people over seven years. Game warden George Rushby discovers the reasons why this pride will only feed on people but, when they kill a child he loves as his own, his war against these animals becomes personal.

 

The action in this series from the Natural History Unit unravels why the beasts lost their fear of man and instead cultivated a thirst for his blood.

 

PW

 

Magnificent 7

 

Helena Bonham-Carter stars as the mother of seven children - three 'normal' girls and four boys, each to some degree autistic.

 

Curtis is supersensitive and allergic to everything, including Christmas and the colour red. David - with ADHD - is a mini-whirlwind, creative and destructive in equal measures. Christopher has Asperger's syndrome and has a problem with anything that doesn't say exactly what it means. Richard hates surprises and being jolly.

 

Inspired by the real-life Jackson family, who featured in the recent documentary My Family And Autism, Sandy Welch's drama is a warm, poignant and uplifting story which looks at the struggles, tears, laughter and moments of magic that this extraordinary household experiences over the course of a year.

 

JD/SA


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