Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire was an episodic drama-documentary covering some significant moments in the rise and the fall of the Roman world.
In the episode ‘Nero’, the emperor presided over a brilliant cultural height but after the great fire his grandiose plans to rebuild the capital ran into such exorbitant costs that could not be covered even by drastically increased taxes. His solution was literally fatal: the rich were ordered to write wills in his favour and then were made to commit suicide or killed. Catherine McCormack portrayed Poppaea Sabina.
Kirstie Stanway was the makeup designer.