Very good stories but I've seldom encountered 2 "Good Guy" characters I dislike more.
Arrogant self-righteous selfish hypocrites.
Moralize about the treatment of wives and slaves and treat theirs almost as bad.
Though the villains are villainous they at least acknowledge that they work the system and call Cicero out on his hypocrisy
At least in the interviews the Actors do acknowledge this.
It picks up once the extended family and household are on the scene, Sarah Douglas as the overbearing Mother and Laura Riseborough, Samathna Beart , and Oliver Mason as the somewhat poorly treated Wife and Salves are all excellent.
Only had time to listen (or rather, re-listen) to episode I so far. Every bit as good as I remember it! Can’t wait to get to the actual new stuff.
Episode II last night and III this morning. Loving it.
Besides loving it for what it is, it makes me hope some day BF might take on Tacitus or Suetonius; dramatize the Julio-Claudian dynastic trials and tribulations. Seems like it would be quite a niche sell so I don’t expect it to happen, but I can dream!