BBC - Heroes and Villains
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Audio alignment: AlignedHeroes and Villains - Spartacus
It's an uphill battle remaking a tale that's burnt into our memories via a classic film.
Then again, uphill battles are mostly what this docudrama consists of. I've never seen so
many dusty skirmishes, swordfights and punch-ups in an hour - well mounted, but tiring after
a while. Anthony Flanagan plays the great slave general who in 73 BC led a rebellion against
Rome. But as well as the Roman legions he has to overcome a literal script where characters
spell everything out to each other. ("We can't run forever!" "This is about power!" etc.)
Still, it's an inspiring story.Heroes and Villains Episode two: CortesHeroes and Villains Episode three: Richard the Lionheart
Drama-documentary about Richard the Lionheart. Was he the heroic warrior of Robin Hood? Or was he
just a greedy thug who wanted to loot the Holy Land? Revisionist history suggests that Richard was
neither- an extremist Christian, he struggled to lead a fractious international coalition against
an impenetrable Muslim stronghold. Saladin used scorched earth tactics which slowly spread dissension
through the Crusaders' ranks. Gradually, Richard's coalition fell apart and he returned a failure.Heroes and Villains Episode four: Shogun
Drama-documentary about the Samurai general Tokugawa Ieyasu, a towering figure of Japanese history.
He overthrew the governing dynasty of Japan and became the Shogun - the supreme military leader - of Japan.
Ieyasu's rise to power climaxes in the biggest Samurai battle in history, with 160,000 soldiers fighting
for the future of Japan. On the way, there is a story of love for a reckless son, a politician in drag,
a night time Ninja attack, suicide and betrayal.
Starring: James Sato, Hiro Kanagawa, Louis Ozawa ChangchienHeroes and Villains Episode five: Attila the Hun
INFO:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1160790/Heroes and Villains Episode six: Napoleon
Drama-documentary telling how Napoleon Bonaparte rose from being a penniless French soldier
to create an empire, beginning at the siege of Toulon in 1793 where FranceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leaders first
recognised his tactical genius, immense bravery and boundless ambition as he defeated the English.
Shot in authentic locations using a script based on documents from the time, including NapoleonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s
own letters, the film has been written with the advice of modern historians.