History orders “Barbarians Rising” docudrama

A global coproduction produced by October Films, the eight-part series will recount the fall of the Roman Empire from the perspective of barbarian rebel leaders and groups.
December 2, 2015

History will recount the fall of the Roman Empire in an eight-part docudrama premiering next year.

A global copro produced by October Films, Barbarians Rising spans 700 years and takes the perspective of nine barbarian rebel leaders and groups, including Hannibal, Spartacus, Boudica, Arminius, Attila, the Goths and the Vnadals.

In a statement, the U.S. cable net billed the limited series as a “visceral journey into the heart of a wave of rebellions against absolute power. The Roman Empire called them ‘barbarians’ – tribes the Romans viewed beyond the fringe of civilization that lived a brutish and violent existence.  However, these were also men and women who launched epic struggles that shaped the world to come.”

Executive producers on Barbarians Rising are History’s Kristen Burns, Sally Habbershaw, Russ McCarroll and October Films’ Adam Bullmore. Michael Waterhouse is the series producer for October and Simon George is executive director.

History will air the series in more than 185 territories globally. A+E Networks is handling worldwide distribution.

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