Hattie Naylor

How to Survive the Roman Empire, by Pliny and Me: The Complete Series 1-3
  • How to Survive the Roman Empire, by Pliny and Me: The Complete Series 1-3

    • Hattie Naylor

    • Ewan Bailey (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Joanna Scanlan (Read by)

    • Kieran Hodgson (Read by)

    • Matthew Gravelle (Read by)

    • Mia Soteriou (Read by)

    • Nigel Barrett (Read by)

    Kieran Hodgson stars as Pliny the Younger in Hattie Naylor’s engaging drama charting the fortunes of a household in Ancient Rome.

    The Emperor Domitian has informers everywhere; no-one is safe. He rules Rome with a rod of iron, and is dangerously unstable and paranoid. In the snake-pit of Imperial Rome, all Pliny the Younger wants to do is get his letters ready for publication.

    Except if he, his mother Marcella, their Greek cook Doris (who narrowly missed out on becoming the next Oracle at Delphi), and Venta, their slave with secretarial skills have any chance of surveying, they are going to have to negotiate a political minefield, keep their eyes peeled for spies and, most of all, not do anything to annoy the Emperor.

    Easier said than done.

    Cast and credits

    Pliny the Younger………………..Kieran Hodgson
    Venta………………………………..Nigel Barrett
    Marcella……………………………Joanna Scanlan
    Doris the Cook…………………Mia Soteriou
    Regulus……………………….Matthew Gravelle
    Lucipor…………………………Ewan Bailey
    Produced by and directed for radio by Kate McAll
    Written by Hattie Naylor

Samuel Pepys was born on 23 February 1633, the son of a London tailor. He graduated from Cambridge in 1654, and in 1655 he married Elizabeth St Michel. He started work for Sir Edward Montague, a relation who later became the 1st Earl of Sandwich, and through him first went to sea. Pepys later found work with the Navy Office, eventually rising to become Secretary of the Admiralty. He also became a JP, an MP and a Fellow of the Royal Society. In later life he was accused of being part of the anti-monarchist ‘Popish Plot’, and was twice imprisoned for it. Upon his second release he retired to Clapham, then considered to be ‘in the country’. Samuel Pepys died on 26 May 1703. His diaries, which had been written in code, were bequeathed to Magdalen College, Cambridge, where they can still be viewed.