Such demanding scenes obviously took a lot out of Polly both physically and emotionally. But Bruno Heller, who wrote the series, said: It has expressed concern that broadcasters have been treating the 9pm watershed as an "unduly abrupt" cut off point and warned there should be a gradual transition to more adult content. If I could transplant my family there when I'm there then it would be a perfect place," she sighs. And Polly Walker loved playing her. She's just extremely ruthless, which in a man is considered to be terribly attractive in a way while in a woman it's considered an ugly trait to have. Nicholas Woodeson as Posca Season 1 and 2 — A Greek slave of Julius Caesar , and also his friend, aide-de-camp , and confidant in most things personal and professional. The real Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus was a Roman general and politician who was as ambitious as Caesar and just as unorthodox in his youth. Against the backdrop of these cataclysmic events, we also see the early years of the young Octavian, who is destined to become Augustus , the first Emperor of Rome. Polly stresses that she was keen to make the character more rounded. It also has scenes of full frontal nudity, crucifixions, gruesome battles, assassinations, a beheading and a graphic animal sacrifice. The producers sent him a short edit of episode seven. It's not there until it is there. Servilia is depicted as a sophisticated and regal Roman matron who follows her heart to her detriment, betrayed by love, and hungering for revenge. This is something she did in real life when Antony was newly a widower in 40 BC as part of the Pact of Brundisium, having been ordered by the Senate to set aside the mandatory ten-month term of widowhood after the death of her first husband, Claudius Marcellus. The basis for this character is the historical Roman soldier of the same name , who is briefly mentioned in Julius Caesar 's De Bello Gallico 5. He is very much alive, so that should be a fun story to tell.