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					                                         Murder in Rome
                                         Inside the biggest and best courtroom
                                         in history

      Roman trials were the ultimate    Forget the Colosseum and the Circus            Using dramatic re-enactment of the court
    in ancient entertainment. This is   Maximus, the greatest public spectacle         proceedings and witness testimonies,
     a gripping dramatisation of the    in ancient Rome took place in the              experts anchor the facts in the reality of
                                        Forum, where trials were packaged              everyday Roman life and visit the Forum
  best of them. Welcome to history
                                        as entertainment, with life or death           and scenes of the crime, to bring this
                without compromise.     outcomes. Thousands flocked to see             case alive as never before. The lives and
                                        the spectacles, drawn by the prospect          loves of ancient Rome are here in all
                                        of lurid tales of murder, intrigue and         their glory. It is a thrilling journey into the
                                        violence. After all, there was no state        past, to a world gripped by passion, lust,
                                        prosecution service so the law was only        betrayal and murder.
                                        open to the rich and famous, meaning
                                        the trials were a fascinating window on a      “A riveting courtroom drama … a unique
                                        world of debauched privilege.                  insight into the workings of Roman law at the
DID YOU KNOW?                                                                          time of Julius Caesar … accomplished acting
                                        The stars of these bloody shows were           complementing a story resembling a toga version
In ancient Rome, the punishment         the lawyers and the greatest of them all       of a John Grisham thriller.”
for patricide was being flayed and       was Cicero (Paul Rhys). Proud of his           Sunday Times
imprisoned in a sack with a dog,        achievements, Cicero kept a record of
snake, monkey and chicken before        his most famous case.                          Production
being thrown into the River Tiber.                                                     Producer
                                        This dramatisation of his trial transcripts    David Stewart
Producer David Stewart directed BBC     makes for compulsive viewing, packed           Executive Producer
series The Human Face, which was        full of numerous twists and intriguing         John Farren
nominated for an Emmy in 2002.          characters such as Sextus Roscius Junior
                                        (Mark McGann). Accused of his                  A BBC/Discovery Channel co-production
Marcus Tullius Cicero was born in 106   father’s murder, the odds are stacked
B.C. and murdered by Mark Antony’s
                                        against him: not only did he have the          Also available:
men in 43 B.C. His successful oratory
                                        means, motive and opportunity but the          Colosseum – Rome’s Arena of Death
career was the death of him: Antony
                                        prosecutor is Erucius (Owen Teale) –           1 x 50’
nailed Cicero’s head and hands to the
                                        one of the finest in the city. Nevertheless,   Ancient Rome’s gladiatorial world.
speaker’s podium in the Senate as a
                                        by the time Cicero has finished, not only
lesson to others.
                                        is Sextus Junior absolved, but Cicero has      Pompeii – The Last Day
                                        unmasked a conspiracy that reaches right       1 x 50’ or 1 x 60’
                                        to the top of Roman society.                   Re-living the last terrifying moments of a city
                                                                                       caught in a volcanic death trap.



                                        Ratings
                                                                                   Time    Channel          Viewers        Share
 History
 UK TX Date: 04/03/05
                                        Murder In Rome                             21.00     BBC2          2.1 million       9%
                                        Comic Relief Does Fame Academy             21.00     BBC1          6.8 million      29%
 Channel BBC TWO
                                        The World Is Not Enough                    20.30     ITV1          5.7 million      25%
 1 x 50 minutes
                                        The Simpsons                               21.00      C4           2.0 million       9%
                                        Colin and Justin’s - How Not to Decorate   21.00      C5           1.4 million       6%

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