Fresh off the pen of designer Stuart Manning, we can now reveal the cover art for Cicero, the second of our Big Finish Originals range. Cicero, one of the most celebrated and important figures in European language and culture, is played by Samuel Barnett (Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency).
Nominated for Best Audio Drama at the 2018 Audies, the pilot of Cicero, Though Scoundrels are Discovered, was released in February 2017. Cicero: The Complete Series Episodes I – VI continues the adventures of Cicero in an ancient world of murder, romance and revolution.
Rome, 80BC. An age of bloody civil war and dictatorship is at an end.
In its turbulent aftermath, an ambitious young lawyer, Marcus Tullius Cicero, is beginning to make a name for himself. But does he have what it takes, and can this new era of peace and prosperity truly last? When he defends the accused in a prominent murder trial, Cicero's path crosses with that of Sulla, the former dictator and a war hero of the Republic.
Soon, Cicero will discover that beneath Rome’s civilised and sophisticated veneer lies corruption, cruelty and vice. Taking on the Roman underworld may come at a considerable cost, and so Cicero must find a way to balance family and friendship with his unwavering commitment to justice.
The Roman world is on the brink of revolution. The age of Caesar is drawing near. And Cicero will have to do everything he can to survive the storm.
Producer and director, Scott Handcock, tells us about this new series, “When we first came to tackle Cicero, it was very much intended as a one-off dramatisation of his most famous case, the Trial of Sextus Roscius.
“But we always knew he had a fascinating personal and political life, and it’s been a joy to explore that further in this brand-new series. It’s a charming, surprising series that isn’t quite like anything else Big Finish has done!”
Cicero is available as part of the Big Finish Originals range, a new wave of original audio drama launched to celebrate 20 years of publishing award-winning audio drama.
The first series of Cicero, a six-episode adventure, will be available on download from www.bigfinish.com at a pre-order price of £21. This offer includes the pilot of Cicero – Though Scoundrels are Discovered – originally released in February 2017, which listeners can also download individually for a Web Special Price of £5 from www.bigfinish.com. And a free excerpt is available here.