The Movie Network (eastern Canada) and Movie Central (western Canada) present the exclusive Canadian premiere of HBO’s new epic 12-episode drama series Rome on Sunday, August 28 at 9 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. PT, day-and-date with HBO.
Rome is the epic saga of two ordinary Roman soldiers and their families. The series begins in 51 BC, as Gaius Julius Caesar has completed his masterful conquest of Gaul, after eight years of war, and is preparing to return to Rome. The first episode entitled “The Stolen Eagle” chronicles the fall of a Republic and the rise of an empire, the series debuts new episodes on subsequent Sundays at the same time.
Among the actors starring in the first season are Kevin McKidd (Kingdom of Heaven) as Lucius Vorenus, Ray Stevenson (King Arthur) as Titus Pullo, Ciaran Hinds (Road to Perdition) as Gaius Julius Caesar, Kenneth Cranham (Gangster No. 1) as Pompey Magnus, Polly Walker (Patriot Games) as Atia of the Julii, James Purefoy (Vanity Fair) as Mark Antony, Tobias Menzies (Foyle’s War) as Marcus Junius Brutus, Lindsay Duncan (Under the Tuscan Sun) as Servilia of the Junii, Indira Varma (Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love) as Niobe, Max Pirkis (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) as Gaius Octavian and Kerry Condon (Angela’s Ashes) as Octavia of the Julii.
A co-production between HBO and the BBC, ROME began shooting in Rome in March 2004, with Michael Apted (Coal Miner’s Daughter, The World Is Not Enough) directing the first three episodes. Additional directors include Allen Coulter (HBO’s The Sopranos), Julian Farino (HBO’s Entourage), Jeremy Podeswa (HBO’s Carnivàle), Alan Poul (HBO’s Six Feet Under), Mikael Salomon (HBO’s Band of Brothers), Steve Shill (HBO’s The Wire), Alan Taylor (HBO’s Deadwood) and Timothy Van Patten (HBO’s Sex and the City). Production for the series is based at Rome’s Cinecittà Studios, with additional locations throughout Italy.
Rome is a co-production of HBO and the BBC; co-creators, John Milius and William J. Macdonald and Bruno Heller; executive producers, Bruno Heller, William J. Macdonald, John Milius, Anne Thomopoulos and Frank Doelger; executive producer for the BBC, Lucy Richer; co-executive producers, Jim Dyer and Eugene Kelly; produced by Marco Valerio Pugini; production designer, Joseph Bennett; costume designer, April Ferry.