Film

Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans

Director
Dominic Brigstocke
Certificate
PG
Running Time
92 mins

TV’s Horrible Histories comes to the big screen for the first time (though the series’ cast were seen in Shakespeare spin-off Bill back in 2015) with this suitably Python-esque yarn freely adapted from the stories by Terry Deary.

Sebastian Croft (blink and you’d have missed him as the young Eddard Stark in Game of Thrones) plays a nerdy Roman teen who’s dispatched to cold, rainy old Britain by Emperor Nero, where he’s captured by and falls for a feisty Celtic warrior (Emilia Jones – daughter of warbler Aled, no less), only for the couple to find themselves fighting on opposite sides at the Battle of Watling Street. Grown-ups should watch out for the knowing casting of Sir Derek Jacobi as Claudius.

By robin askew, Tuesday, Jul 9 2019

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