Each of the four separate episodes -rather independent chapters- presents some of the findings of Egyptology, largely in the form of realistically presented docudrama, a splendid spectacle ... See full summary »
I vaguely remember liking this show when it was first shown in 1983, and I remember realising soon that, despite its BBC pedigree, and impressive cast, it was not in the same league as "I, Claudius".
Now, thanks to, er, certain video screening websites, all 8 episodes can be seen. I would recommend fans to obtain a free video downloader for the website - it will, as its name suggests, allow the download and retention of the video.
The series tells the story of the most recent ancestors of the famous Queen Cleopatra; some may not be aware that she was Cleopatra VII. The story of her family is related to her in flashback form; the actress playing the Queen also plays an earlier Cleopatra.
The story concludes with the famous Caeser, Antony, Octavian and Cleopatra saga.
I found the show to be entertaining, and the dreadful behaviour of the Egyptian royals to each other is both amusing and disturbing; watch in episode 3 as one nasty Cleopatra meets a grisly (and topless) fate that seems justified.
And so to the nipple count. There are lots of naked breasts on display, mostly the servant girls. Those offended by the female form should avoid "The Cleopatras".
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