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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 4

Pliny the Younger and his mother are invited to dinner with the Emperor.

Further details

Venta has been in the household of Pliny the Younger for five months, as secretary and scribe. Meanwhile, the Emperor Domitian's reign of terror continues. There's a rumour that he entertains people one day, then has them executed next morning on some trumped up charge.

The atmosphere in the normally calm villa is uneasy. Pliny hears stories of slaves who are spying on masters. And then an invitation arrives - to dinner with the Emperor. They are instructed to wear black so Marcella arranges for their togas to be dyed.

The night of the dinner arrives, and it proves just as alarming as they feared.

Broadcast details

Thursday 29th 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
Guest cast
Matthew Gravelle Domitian
Mia Soteriou Hispulla
Matthew Gravelle Corellius
Writing team
Hattie Naylor Writer
Production team
Kate McAll Director
Kate McAll Producer