At the dawn of recorded history, so the
over-enunciated narration informs us at the start of Rome: The Last
Frontier, a number of ancient civilisations took it in turns to
dominate the known world.
The most notorious of these was undoubtedly
Rome. The cruelties and debauches of its leaders have become legendary,
its borders spanned several continents and its cultural, historical,
architectural and religious legacies are still very much evident in the
This three-part series focuses mainly on
the Roman assault and colonisation of England, a dictatorship which
lasted over four centuries. Using the tried and true methods of CGI and
live action re-enactments, The Last Frontier also incorporates
the latest scientific and archaeological research as well as interviews
with professors and historians to provide a comprehensive portrait of
the Roman invasion of Brittania.
Itís an interesting and in-depth series,
though perhaps a bit too specific to appeal to casual fans of the
historical documentary, and in addition to the narratorís annoyingly fey
delivery some of the production values occasionally come across as
somewhat cheap. It has its moments however, such as the fascinating
story of the Boudicca rebellion which is particularly well-covered in
part two, and is a decent and comprehensive look at exactly how the
Romanís invaded, and what life was like for the ordinary Briton once
they got there.