Thursday, April 14, 2005

Be Afraid ...?

Be Afraid ...?


In my box yesterday was a flyer from HBO. It asked me to go here. Ok. Looks interesting. Ooh! Ciaran Hinds is Caesar! And then I look a bit more and find that this is not just HBO, but that it's an HBO-BBC co-production. Now I love lots of stuff put out by the BBC -- generally high quality. And I've adored several of HBO's in-house productions, especially the first couple of seasons of The Sopranos, all of The Wire, and Deadwood (after BtVS, possibly the best. show. ever.). I'm even a bit hooked on Carnivale, which is weird, but I get it (except that someone "accidentally" erased the last 5 episodes in the series before I could watch them). But you know ... this is Rome dammit. And I've seen the previews. But it is HBO and the Beeb. So why am I filled with trepidation?

5 comments:

Anastasia said...

But it's Ciarin Hinds!!

Sharon said...

It's going to be gorgeous preposterous trash! (OMG, a writer from that Charles II series!)

(Don't know about Ciaran Hinds, but it's got Lindsay Duncan in, which means it gets my vote.)

Ancarett said...

As long as it isn't "Braveheart" levels of history-mangling, I promise to love it. Ciaran Hinds! Roman history!

Sharon said...

I probably shouldn't say this, but I'd be really happy if it turned out to be the new I Claudius...

I don't mind dramas playing fast and loose with history (especially when it's based on novels anyway), unless they appear to be taking themselves seriously and selling it as 'authentic'. (So, yes, I hate Braveheart, I really do. I also dislike Elizabeth, but I really enjoyed Shakespeare in Love.)

And I meant to say before - I can't wait to see Deadwood. Over here, Sky One (Murdoch channel, got to have a Sky satellite dish (refuse to have), or cable tv (can't get here)) is showing the first series so it probably won't turn up on terrestrial TV till they've done with it. It's really, really frustrating.

Phlebas said...

I've only seen one episode of "Deadwood" but would watch it regularly if I could, for the dialogue if nothing else--19th century novel meets the f-word used like a comma. If you like BtVS, you might enjoy the unfairly cancelled "Wonderfalls," written by a BtVS alumnus and now available on DVD