Video: Behind The Scenes of Bravo’s Spartacus

Not for the faint-hearted, the controversial Spartacus: Blood and Sand brings to life the bloody world of gladiators as the Roman Republic’s most brutal fighters clash in the ultimate arena, and depicts one of history’s most violent eras. Good stuff!

Betrayed by the Romans, forced into slavery and reborn as a gladiator, Spartacus (played by rugged UK-born actor Andy Whitfield) is a rebellious soldier in the Roman Auxiliary who is taken prisoner and torn away from the woman he loves. Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) is cast as Lucretia, who along with her husband Batiatus played by British actor John Hannah (The Mummy, Rebus, Four Weddings and a Funeral), own the slave Spartacus and the gladiator camp.

The former soldier is then condemned to the ways of the arena fighter – under the brutal hand of trainer Doctore, played by Peter Mensah (300, Avatar) – where blood and death are primetime entertainment, and treachery, corruption and sexual allure will test him to the limit.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand starts on 25th May on BRAVO.