Twenty year-old Julius Caesar flees Rome for his life during the reign of Sulla but through skill and ambition rises four decades later to become Rome's supreme dictator.
I've got to say that I love my historical sword and sandal dramas - and with Richard Harris and Christopher Walker in it, I was prepared to overlook the fact that this was cannibalised from a two-part mini-series with more investors than you can shake a stick at. Unfortunately, their choice in the title role - Jeremy Sisto - singularly failed to carry off the role. Caesar was renowned for his ability as an orator - he could sell sand to an Egyptian - but this one couldn't sell me a chocolate covered Jeremy Irvine. It's flat, episodically chronological and the characters are sterile; Pompey (Chris Noth) especially. These stories, in a made-for-television context, never compare well to their grand cinematographic counterparts - "Cleopatra" (1963) or "Julius Caesar" (1953) - so why try? If you know nothing about Roman history then it might just put a few names into your head for further reading, but otherwise forget it...