As far as I'm aware there's nothing that connects Spartacus: Blood and Sand
to the Bible, and so this post is slightly off-topic. But it's rare that one of my favourite columnists / TV presenters even mentions an almost-Bible film, so now that Charlie Brooker
actually has, I can't resist mentioning it. Readers should be aware that, like the programme itself, the column is not for the easily offended. But on the other hand it does have some very funny lines such as this:
Make no mistake: the gladiatorial scenes are pretty brutal. Limbs are hacked off with such nonchalant frequency, it sometimes feels more like an extreme whittling contest.
Incidentally, this was apparently covered in the first episode in the current series of Brooker's Channel 4 show You Have Been Watching
, but unfortunately, that was the one episode I missed.
Juliette Harrisson has also posted her take on the series over at Pop Classics