Rome gets 80 complaints

The Times reports that the joint HBO/BBC drama venture Rome attracted 6.6 million viewers and 80 complaints. It doesn’t say what percentage of the complainers were also viewers.

The first episode featured nudity, sex, crucifixion and a bull sacrifice. MWW predicts that Ofcom will censure the BBC for broadcasting it too close to the watershed, the precedent having been set by its “in breach” decision against Pulp Fiction, which was shown at 9pm on BBC2.

Whatever the outcome, it is unlikely the ruling will mention the appalling anachronisms in this supposedly historical drama. Latin America wasn’t discovered until the 16th century – so how do they account for all those Brazilians?

5 Responses to “Rome gets 80 complaints”

  1. Andy Gilmour says:

    Maybe they were pretending these Brazilians were just Iberian-Romans…? Must be honest, didn’t see it, so not a clue. Were there any truly major historical howlers (bearing in mind it’s an American co-production…)?

    Anyone feel like starting up a complaints campaign against, oooh.. “Antiques Greedshow”, say? Could claim that it identifies the elderly, often vulnerable, owners of expensive property to the nefarious criminal element… 🙂

  2. Dan Factor says:

    Rome was boring. It was overhyped by the tabloid press and the sex and violence were not half as explicit as was made out.
    I haven’t even heard any complaints from Mediawatch-uk.

  3. Paul says:

    I wonder how many complaints there were about the BBC’s utter butchery of the episode, rendering major plot points utterly incomprehensible?

  4. tom p says:

    Andy – the ‘brazilians’ were on the ladies.

    I thought it was alright, and certainly worth giving another try to, to see how it pans out next episode

  5. Andy Gilmour says:

    aahhhhh…now I understand. Still, knowing nothing of pubic shaving fashions in that era (a quick delve [Matron!] in me old penguin classics didn’t provide any answers), maybe it WAS particularly popular amongst iberian-roman laydeeze…? 🙂