I'm quite taken with BBC/HBO collaboration, Rome (IMDb / HBO), which I'm currently watching on Belgian channel Canvas. It's basically the story of Julius Caesar vs Pompey and the rise of Caesar Augustus, the first emperor of Rome.

There's a rather positive review on Slant.

And if you're looking for more -lots more!- background info, check out the wikipedia entry for the show. This article mentions that the BBC edited the first few episodes. I wonder which version I'm presented with on the aforementioned Canvas.

2005-08-28, Ended, 2 seasons

Every city has its secret

A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

  • Kevin McKidd
  • Ray Stevenson
  • CiarĂ¡n Hinds
  • James Purefoy
  • Polly Walker
  • Tobias Menzies
  • Lindsay Duncan
  • Action & Adventure
  • Drama