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Beard’s off to Rome for BBC2

Following up the success of her documentary on Pompeii, Cambridge classicist Mary Beard (pictured) is set to host a 3 x 60 minute look at ancient Roman society.
August 29, 2011

Following up the success of her documentary on Pompeii, Cambridge classicist Mary Beard (pictured) is set to host a 3 x 60 minute look at ancient Roman society for BBC2.

Rome with Mary Beard, to be produced by Lion Television, will bring the world of ancient Romans to life using their own words, obtained through epitaphs, funerary monuments and other archaeological evidence and historical analysis.

Her previous BBC2 factual exploration, Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town, aired last year and averaged 3.7 million viewers, according to the BBC, and was the highest rating factual program on the terrestrial channel for that year.

“She has a fantastic talent for storytelling and I am sure her stories of life in ancient Rome will be as compelling as her documentary on Pompeii,” said BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow.

An air date for the series has not yet been announced. Rome with Mary Beard was commissioned for BBC2 by history and business commissioning editor Martin Davidson, and is exec produced for Lion by Richard Bradley.

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