History Channel

Barbarians Rising, a docu-drama series charting the greatest struggle against tyranny history has ever seen, is coming to HISTORY® in the UK. The production stars Nicholas Pinnock, Kirsty Mitchell, Ben Batt, Steven Waddington, Tom Hopper, Richard Brake and Steven Berkoff.

The epic original series, made by UK production company October Films, portrays some of history’s most legendary warriors as they engage in one of mankind’s bloodiest battles for freedom.

Barbarians Rising tells the story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire from the perspective of the underdog, in a rebellion against absolute power and corruption. The series follows the journey of men and women who launched brutal battles, waged over a 700 year period, that shape the world we know today. The Roman Empire called them “barbarians”; tribes the Romans viewed beyond the fringe of civilization that lived a brutish and violent existence.

With each episode dedicated to telling the detailed story of one warrior, Barbarians Rising’s stellar cast includes Nicholas Pinnock as Hannibal, who vowed a blood oath at the age of nine to destroy Rome; Jefferson Hall as Viriathus, the shepherd-turned-rebel leader; Ben Batt as Spartacus, the slave-turned-rebel who led a barbarian revolt; Tom Hopper as Arminius, the son of Germany surrendered to Rome; Kirsty Mitchell as Boudica, the avenging Celtic warrior Queen, Steven Waddington as Fritigern, the warrior who took down an Emperor, Gavin Drea as Alaric, the king of the Goths, and Richard Brake as Geiseric, the last barbarian standing.

Other cast members include Alexander Vlahos as Roman emperor Valentinian, Steven Berkoff as Roman emperor Augustus and Emil Hostina as Attila the Hun, scourge of the east.

The eight-part gripping docu-drama brings to life the legendary battles led by true heroes of resistance against the backdrop of an ancient world in turmoil and re-imagined for a contemporary audience.

This bold new take on one of history’s most epic sagas is interwoven with insight from world-renowned historians and notable contributors such as Civil Rights Leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, eminent historians including Dr. Steve Kershaw and Patrick Morris O’Connor as well as authors Vanessa Collingridge and Lindsay Powell, amongst many others (listed below in alphabetical order).


Barbarians Rising premieres exclusively on HISTORY® on Wednesday 31st August at 10pm.

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