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10/10. De Patre Vostro (About Your Father). In the aftermath of the battle of Actium, Mark Antony returns to Alexandria. But Cleopatra is deceived by Octavian, leading to a betrayal of Mark Antony that has disastrous consequences.
Writer Bruno Heller; Director Steve Shill
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DRAMA
Rome 9.00pm BBC2

You can keep your Sopranos - if it's tall tales of violent Italians you want, Rome's the business. I know it over-reaches itself sometimes, but that's only because it aims high. It's not often that television attempts full-on, big-budget tragedy, and Rome not only pulls it off, but it also manages to be hilarious, sexy and thrillingly violent by turns. I'm missing it already.
Because tonight we bid a tearful vale! to the whole messy saga with a final episode based on the usual mix of love, death and great one-liners. Listen for Antony's idea of a hangover cure and Atia's parting shot across Livia'sbows.
Polly Walker as Atia should be inducted at once into the hall of fame for small-screen she-monsters. And if James Purefoy ever does better work than he has as Mark Antony, he'll be a lucky man. The once-great general tonight subsides into druggy despair: his reaction to the death of Cleopatra is heart-rending. And at the end of the game, who's holding all the chips? It's that blank-eyed human calculator Octavian, of course. David Butcher

Contributors

Mark Antony: James Purefoy
Lucius Vorenus: Kevin McKidd
Titus Pullo: Ray Stevenson
Atia: Polly Walker
Octavia: Kerry Condon
Octavian: Simon Woods
Gaia: Zuleikha Robinson
Niobe: Indira Varma
Cleopatra: Lyndsey Marshal
Caesarion: Max Baldry
Posca: Nick Woodeson
Agrippa: Allen Leech
Maecenas: Alex Wyndham
Eleni: Suzanne Bertish
Jocasta: Camilla Rutherford
Memmio: Daniel Cerqueira
Mascius: Michael Nardone
Acerbo: Alan Williams
Vorena the Elder: Coral Amiga
Lyde: Esther Hall
Newsreader: Ian McNeice

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