The Cleopatras

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Back in the 80s, when I was a kid, the BBC made a mini-series about ancient Egypt and the intrigues of its kings and queens. It then vanished, and the BBC seem to have been quite embarrassed about it ever since. It was mostly infamous for the number of topless slave girls, I suspect that more bare breasts have rarely been seen on the BBC in such a short time.

Fortunately someone has now uploaded all the episodes to Youtube:

The Cleopatras

I’m only half-way through the second episode, but so far it’s rather entertaining. They’re busy conspiring, fighting, marrying their brothers, sisters, fathers and uncles, and murdering everyone when they can get away with it.

My favourite part so far was when they were driven out of Egypt, which went something like:

“We must leave. The mob are storming the palace to kill us because of what I did yesterday.”
“What? Because you burned down the school?”
“No, because I didn’t let the people out first.”

I must admit, though, that I still have some trouble seeing the gay uncle from Withnail and I as an Egyptian king.

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