Whether in the ivory senate or the squalid backstreets, it’s canis canem edit all the way in a series that’s less a history lesson, more an epic, hedonistic soap opera. Following Caesar’s assassination at the end of season one, Rome’s in even greater turmoil than usual. Facing a challenge from juvenile sniveller turned celebrated general Octavian (Simon Woods), Mark Antony’s dictatorship plans are looking shaky. Meanwhile, reeling from his wife’s suicide, the honourable Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) abandons local politics to take charge of a crime syndicate in the cutthroat Aventine… Among a distinguished cast, acting laurels are shared by James Purefoy as the brutal but hypnotic Antony and Polly Walker’s scheming royal matriarch Atia. It’s a real shame this lauded, lavish show has been axed in the States.