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Samuel Barnett’s Cicero is back in business in his brand-new epic mystery drama from Big Finish Originals.
Released today, Cicero – The Crossroads is a feature-length sequel where our Roman hero finds himself caught up in a shadowy political game – with everything to lose...
Back by popular demand, Big Finish’s historical drama Cicero is set during the Roman Republic, when an age of bloody civil war and dictatorship is at an end. Ambitious lawyer Marcus Tullius Cicero (Samuel Barnett), is a politician, lawyer and orator who must find a way to balance family and friendship with his unwavering commitment to justice.
Rome, 60BC. Gaius Julius Caesar has returned to the city, forming an alliance – a new Triumvirate – with statesmen Pompey and Crassus. But when he extends the same invitation to Cicero, he is rejected: such a pact could threaten the Republic after all.
Elsewhere, Publius Clodius Pulcher seeks to renounce his patrician status and run for Tribune. Real power lies in the city and its people, he claims, not in Rome’s armies.
Caught between two charged political enemies, Cicero soon discovers he’s a pawn in a dangerous game: one in which he stands to lose everything.
Joining Samuel Barnett (Torchwood, Dirk Gently) are returning cast members George Naylor (Jeremiah Bourne) and Laura Riseborough (The War Master, The Fourth Doctor Adventures), alongside an excellent ensemble of Rosie Day (The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield), Rupert Young (Merlin, Dracula), Sarah Ovens (Frankenstein, Torchwood), Henry Nott (The War Master), Amanda Shodeko (Timeslip, Class), Silas Carson (Time Lord Victorious, The War Master), Jeremy Ang Jones (Torchwood, The Early Adventures), Omar Baroud (The Lone Centurion, Baptiste), Joe Shire (The War Master, Class) and Harley Viveash (The Robots, The Lone Centurion).
Director and co-producer Scott Handcock said: “The reaction to Cicero has been lovely. It’s easy to dismiss historical drama as being a bit dusty or worthy but when you step back and take a look at what was going on it’s really not very different from our world. We have the same kinds of characters, the same kind of political wrangling. The world may have been less sophisticated back then but the people and the attitudes were as complicated as ever. And I think that makes for a really interesting drama.”
Samuel Barnett added: “When I first read the script for The Crossroads, it struck me that Cicero’s changed a lot – he's far less of a strategist and a bit more reactive to events than shaping them. He's gotten older and aware of his own mortality, and he seems softer round the edges, which has been nice to play.”
Praise for Cicero – Series 1:
“Samuel Barnett is compelling in the lead role, and has his own emerging gravitas in the major court speech... Scott Handcock’s direction is as precise as ever, and the whole piece is a delight.” - Starburst
“The writing by David Llewellyn is top notch if for nothing else than the banter between brothers which feels effortless and natural. It’s modern-day linguistics with flourishes of the past.” - Blogtor Who
“Far from the dry history lessons of our school days, and enjoying, but not feeling bound by its historical setting, Cicero provides an entertaining murder-mystery drama which kept us hooked throughout.” - Cultbox