When reviewing Season 2 of HBO/BBC's Rome, I was struck by the immense difficulties faced by the producers of the series, while trying to remain faithful to the source material and juggle the inherent limits of the TV format. Overall, I think they did a good job; although the tweed-clad classicists will already have boiled over into a critical puddle at the inaccuracies they have witnessed, I thought the production was excellent. The only criticism I have is that the series effectively compressed the 15-year period from Caesar's murder to Anthony's defeat at Actium into 12 episodes, and this forced the action on at a breakneck pace. In terms of character development, Pullo and Vorenus now find themselves facing a desperate situation; Vorenus' wife is dead, his children are slaves, and he is backing the losing side in an impending civil war, while Pullo, similarly bereft, backs the winning horse. Among the aristocrats, we see a changing of the guard, as the old political order is whittled down by debauchery, treachery and a stubborn inability to see that the Republic's days are numbered, while Octavian's brilliant political manoeuvering sees him, finally, installed as the Republic's 'First Citizen', effectively a King in all but name. The final scenes, where Octavian's triumphal procession features a ghoulish tableau with the mouldering corpses of Anthony and Cleopatra propped up on a cart, send a shiver down the spine. What a pity it is, then, that HBO/BBC have decided not to make another series, and that many plot devices have been necessarily dovetailed with unseemly haste. The BBC's classic 'I,Claudius' picks up where this series left off.