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Domina (TV Series) – Season – Intro

Domina is a historical drama limited television series created and written by Simon Burke for Sky Atlantic (Italy) and Sky Atlantic (UK). Starring Kasia Smutniak as Livia Drusilla, it examines the power struggles of Ancient Rome from a female perspective.

The life and rise of Livia Drusilla, the powerful wife of the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar.

We are in Rome, sexy Rome, where Julius Caesar’s assassination has toppled a series of power struggle-shaped dominoes throughout the empire. Caesar’s son Gaius is mounting a coup alongside general Agrippa, and senator Livius has had to … well it’s something about him leaving Rome, and then … Listen, I don’t know.

Like any epic, the first few world-building episodes are about throwing a load of names at you and hoping you vaguely recognise them, scene to scene; killing a few people you don’t care about but were meant to care about; and also there’s at least one decent blockbuster set-piece to get the pulse quickening. Domina is no different.

Actually, it is different: crucially, Domina tells all this carnage and backstabbing primarily through the eyes of the era’s women, following Livia Drusilla (first Nadia Parkes, who feels doomed to get very famous, then Kasia Smutniak) on her rise from wide-eyed waif to cold-blooded power player.

But on these early signs, it doesn’t seem to do that in a wildly innovative way. Every epic these days has to have a naive daughter learning about sex on her wedding day, a mysterious stranger running through the stark winter woods, and someone standing at a doorway listening as Honourable Men Have Important Conversations – and Domina achieves all of that within the first two minutes. Hark, I see the heiress is showing empathy towards her servant girl! I have never seen a scene like this on TV in my life!

It will be interesting to see where it goes from here, though. Domina has an excellent cast – Tom Glynn-Carney, as young Gaius, is especially magnetic, as a kind of love-to-hate-him shagger king – as well as a decent budget and carte blanche to be both gory and horny, and frankly that’s what anyone with a Game of Thrones-shaped hole in their life is looking for.

But it’s too early to know whether all of those “Quickly … we must flee!” conversations, and scenes where someone exchanges jewellery in a way that feels significant will add up to anything. Get back to me in 18 months’ time at that party, and I’ll let you know for sure.

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Domina (TV Series) – Season 1 -Trailer

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