History Channel brings once again, life stories of those who chose to rebel against the mighty Roman Empire in the Middle Ages as its mini documentary series “Barbarians Rising” begins raiding television screens come June 6. It will tell the tales of Hannibal the great Rebel Commander, Spartacus and other famous barbarians who tried to conquer the Roman Empire and how they failed in doing so.
The series will have a twist as the story of how the barbarians rose into a force to be reckoned with as told from the perspective of the rebels themselves and according to accounts passed through generations outside the Roman Empire. The show is divided into two seasons with eight episodes discussing the different tribes that tried to topple down the Romans. It tells the story of the most barbaric tribes of the early and late Middle Ages. The series have currently been produced, each consisting of four episodes. This program tells about what the groups did, who they conquered and how they fell with Clancy Brown narrating both seasons.
The show’s first season will showcase tribes namely the Goths; the Mongols; Atilla and the Huns; and the Vikings while season two will tackle the Vandals; the Saxons; the Lombards; and the Franks. Aside from the barbarian tribes, the show also tells the heroic battles of some of the courageous barbarian leaders and the cast who will play their role namely Nicholas Pinnock as Hannibal, who vowed a blood oath at age 9 to destroy Rome; Ben Batt as Spartacus, the slave-turned-rebel who led a barbarian revolt; Kirsty Mitchell as Boudica, the avenging Celtic warrior queen; Tom Hopper as Arminius, the son of Germany surrendered to Rome; Emil Hostina as Attila, scourge of the east; Gavin Drea as Alaric, the king of the Goths; Steven Waddington as Fritigern, the warrior who took down an emperor; Richard Brake as Geiseric, the last barbarian standing; and Jefferson Hall as Viriathus, the shepherd-turned-rebel leader.
In a press statement as released by TV Series Finale, History Channel stated that they ordered the filming of the series to reveal the true story of the 700-year struggle to bring down one of the strongest empires the world has ever known.
“The Roman Empire called them ‘barbarians’ – tribes the Romans viewed beyond the fringe of civilization that lived a brutish and violent existence. However, these were also men and women who launched epic struggles that shaped the world to come,” History Channel stated.
“Barbarians Rising” is produced by October Films with Adam Bullmore as executive producer, Simon George (HISTORY’s “World War II From Space”) is executive director, and Michael Waterhouse (HISTORY’s “The Bible”) is a series producer for October Films. Executive producers for HISTORY are Kristen Burns, Russ McCarroll and Sally Habbershaw.
Thus, ready yourselves for a ride into the Roman Empire history and how they managed to withstand such great tribes and how these tribes managed to influence such a mighty empire the world feared for a long period of time.
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