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How to Survive the Roman Empire, by Pliny and Me: The Complete Series 1-3 by Hattie Naylor
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How to Survive the Roman Empire, by Pliny and Me: The Complete Series 1-3

The BBC Radio 4 comedy drama

$10.07

Length 3 hours 22 minutes
Language English
Narrators Ewan Bailey, Full Cast, Joanna Scanlan, Kieran Hodgson, Matthew Gravelle, Mia Soteriou & Nigel Barrett

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Kieran Hodgson stars as Pliny the Younger in Hattie Naylor’s engaging drama charting the fortunes of a household in Ancient Rome.

The Emperor Domitian has informers everywhere; no-one is safe. He rules Rome with a rod of iron, and is dangerously unstable and paranoid. In the snake-pit of Imperial Rome, all Pliny the Younger wants to do is get his letters ready for publication.

Except if he, his mother Marcella, their Greek cook Doris (who narrowly missed out on becoming the next Oracle at Delphi), and Venta, their slave with secretarial skills have any chance of surveying, they are going to have to negotiate a political minefield, keep their eyes peeled for spies and, most of all, not do anything to annoy the Emperor.

Easier said than done.

Cast and credits

Pliny the Younger………………..Kieran Hodgson
Venta………………………………..Nigel Barrett
Marcella……………………………Joanna Scanlan
Doris the Cook…………………Mia Soteriou
Regulus……………………….Matthew Gravelle
Lucipor…………………………Ewan Bailey
Produced by and directed for radio by Kate McAll
Written by Hattie Naylor

HATTIE NAYLORs’ credits include Ivan And The Dogs, The Night Watch, Going Dark, As the Crow Flies, and Bluebeard. Ivan and the Dogs (Soho Theatre and ATC) was nominated in the Olivier Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre, won the Tinniswood Award in 2010, and has been performed to further acclaim internationally. The film adaptation of the play: Lek and the Dogs, directed by Andrew Kötting premiered at the London Film Festival 2018.

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