Two years after its first season,
Domina is returning to our screens with a second chapter chronicling the story of Roman Empress Livia Drusilla.
Starring Kasia Smutniak (Perfect Strangers) in the role of Livia, the series is a retelling of the power struggles for control of the Roman Empire from a female perspective. Its second instalment will premiere on September 13 on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK.
Season one introduced viewers to protagonist Livia, from the prominent Claudii family. She returns to Rome after 10 years in exile, determined to get back what’s been stolen from her.
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When she marries Gaius, later known as Caesar Augustus (Misfits‘ Matthew McNulty), Livia finds herself sitting at the top of a fractious empire and fighting to preserve her marriage and dynasty.
Season two picks up in 19 BC, when Gaius and Livia return to Rome after three years away in the Eastern Provinces. They are shocked to find their city in revolt, and Livia’s children in open rebellion.
Livia will need to fight hard to fulfil the promise she made to her father Livius (Game of Thrones‘ Liam Cunningham), to restore the Republic, and democracy, in Rome. She is then faced with a terrible final choice between power and vengeance.
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This season introduces new players to the game, with several additions to the cast, including Benjamin Isaac (Holmes & Watson) in the role of Tiberius, Joelle (Dune, The School for Good and Evil) as Vipsania, and David Avery (Doctor Who, The Inbetweeners Movie) as young aristocrat Domitius.
Returning stars from season one are Liah O’Prey as Julia, Ben Batt as Agrippa, Ewan Horrocks as Drusus, Claire Forlani as Octavia, Darrell D’Silva as Piso, Christine Bottomley as Scribonia and Alaïs Lawson as Marcella.
Domina season 2 will launch on Sky Atlantic and NOW on September 13.
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