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"Heroes and Villains" Attila the Hun (2008)

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Original Air Date:
13 February 2008 (Season 1, Episode 2)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Kevin Eldon ... Romulus
Mick Walter ... Zercon (as Big Mick)

Rory McCann ... Attila the Hun

Nicholas Boulton ... Bleda

Allen Leech ... Edeco

Michael Maloney ... Vigilas

Jonny Phillips ... Theodosius (as Jonathan Phillips)
Ian Barritt ... Chrysaphius
Ian Lindsay ... Maximinus

Oliver Cotton ... Actius
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nikolay Mutafchiev

Shero Rauf ... Warrior #1 - One Man Army
Ivan Sashov ... Messenger

Episode Crew
Directed by
Gareth Edwards 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tony Etchells  writer

Produced by
Matthew Barrett .... executive producer
Mark Hedgecoe .... series producer
Jim Spencer .... line producer
Cinematography by
Rob Goldie 
Film Editing by
Colin Goudie 
Casting by
Hamid Ait Timaghrit 
Kate Rhodes James 
Production Design by
Alan Spalding 
Art Direction by
Eddie Andres 
Costume Design by
Ros Little 
Makeup Department
Miglena Bogdanova .... makeup artist: Bulgaria
Sophie Brice .... makeup artist
Kirstie Stanway .... makeup designer
Greta Velikova .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bryan Phillips .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victor Bojinov .... first assistant director
Hristo Dimitrov .... second assistant director
Nick Justin .... first assistant director
Art Department
Marin Diimitrov .... stand-by props
Gregory Fangeaux .... storyboard artist
Sophie Hervieu .... stand-by art director
Jasen Kovachev .... stand-by props
Oli Novadnieks .... prop buyer (as Ollie Novadnieks)
Peter Rakovski .... set dresser
Bjarne Tungland .... art direction trainee
Sound Department
Pietro Dalmasso .... dialogue & sound effects editor (2008)
Simon Farmer .... sound
Danny Finn .... dubbing mixer
George Hapig .... foley artist (2008)
Valery Metodiev .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Tony Gilbert .... visual effects supervisor
Luke Wilmot .... visual effects supervisor
Radoslav Ignatov .... stunt rider
Danko Jordanov .... stunts
Trayan Milenov-Troy .... stunt actor
Velizar Peev .... stunts
Shero Rauf .... utility stunts
Kaloian Vodenicharov .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Perry Barwick .... camera operator
Todor Kostov .... gaffer
Driss Marzak .... gaffer
Casting Department
Hamid Ait Timaghrit .... casting producer
Jane Anderson .... casting assistant (2008)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanna Beatty .... location costume designer
Ray Greenhill .... principals dresser
Tom Reeve .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Lisa Clifford-Owen .... assistant editor
Vincent Narduzzo .... colorist
Music Department
Mikael Carlsson .... soundtrack producer
James Fitzpatrick .... music contractor
Jan Holzner .... orchestra recording engineer
Other crew
Geraldine Ditano .... production accountant
Krasimira Karachorova .... script supervisor
Claire Roberts .... production secretary
Valery Ryan .... script editor

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
They were after the gold as they could not afford horses, 10 August 2010
Author: b-i from Hungary

It is interesting to see how BBC tried to overcome the Western conception of a barbarian Attila and his savage Huns.

Apart from several over-acted parts picturing a hot-tempered Attila, the film is quite enjoyable. Taken into account that it is a documentary, you will not see huge battle-scenes as you would do in a feature film. And this is exactly where the film loses its track. Portraying the Huns' army in battles as foot-soldiers running amok is clearly a failed attempt at being historically accurate, despite BBC's claims.

They keep to the time-line, then all of a sudden stop at Catalaunum, stating Attila's defeat. Attila did not fail, though, but went on to conquer until "he would bring Rome to its knees" (to quote the narrative at the very beginning). He turned back at the city of Rome, following a heavenly sign at his meeting with the Pope. Probably, BBC just could not fit that picture into their illustration of a mindless barbaric lust for gold.

Another fact that leaves the viewer in doubt about the claimed historical authenticity is the total confusion of archaic geographical names with present-day ones: an anachronism that would give you an instant fail at any history test.

To sum up, this re-enactment is still a useful aid for students to look for historical inaccuracies.

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