How To Survive The Roman Empire, By Pliny And Me. Copyright: BBC.

How To Survive The Roman Empire, By Pliny And Me

BBC Radio 4 comedy set in first century Rome. 15 episodes (3 series), 2015 - 2018. Stars Kieran Hodgson, Nigel Barrett, Joanna Scanlan and Mia Soteriou.

Series 1, Episode 2

Pliny the Younger and Venta, his new Welsh slave, go hunting for boar.

Further details

Venta, who used to be a free man called Cadwalader of Caerwent, has now been slave to Pliny the Younger for a month. He's been welcomed into the household, especially by Pliny's mother - though not by Doris the cook who resents him interrupting her divinations.

With a picnic basket of stuffed dormice, Pliny and Venta go hunting for boar, though Pliny would much rather write a letter to his friend Tacitus than actually get his hands dirty - after all, he's got Venta to do that for him.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 27th October 2015
BBC Radio 4
15 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Kieran Hodgson Pliny the Younger
Nigel Barrett Venta
Joanna Scanlan Marcella
Mia Soteriou Doris
Writing team
Hattie Naylor Writer
Production team
Kate McAll Director
Kate McAll Producer