In the 1st century A.D., when Rome ruled the known world, an upstart female warrior in the far-flung province of Britain led a revolt that shook the foundations of the empire. Celebrated screenwriter Andrew Davies wrote this spine-tingling drama about the fearsome Queen Boudica.
Britain in the 1st century A.D.... Boudica invites us to join her on a journey to see how she was in the glorious days when she became Britain's 'Warrior Queen.' She was married to the great King Prasutagus and they had two fine daughters, Isolda and Siora. Together they won many battles. We meet Dervalloc, a warrior in his prime, the hero of the hour with a fine collection of severed heads to prove it. The king accepts the rapturous homage of his people and Boudica kisses him lustily.
But all that changes when bored, disciplined Roman soldiers begin to arrive in Britain. They watch the gorgeous, passionate Siora and her beau Connach. Who are these people, who fight for fun? They vow to tame the locals, but the Celts have different ideas. The platoon is attacked by a gang of young children armed with slingshots.
Severus, the Roman Ambassador, addresses the King and Queen, inviting them to become a 'client kingdom,' enjoying protection from their bloodthirsty neighbors by one of the greatest empires in the world. Boudica seems sweet and reasonable, but wonders how it could still be their kingdom if peopled by Roman veterans and scattered with Roman temples. Besides, she explains, the Celtic religion commands them to kill all invaders.
Uncomfortable, Severus warns that they will make the deal with a neighboring tribe if Prasutagus refuses. The Roman Ambassador knows these people are not savages; they have art, poetry and religion. But they also cannot read or write and they perform human sacrifices. Boudica wants them to fight, to die a glorious death. She realizes that Prasutagus' nerve has been shattered, but she promises her support.
The Druid Magior also realizes that the king has lost the will to fight. The people need a new champion. He confronts Dervalloc, and assures him that he will have Boudica; it is foretold. Dervalloc is angry and confused and asks the king's blessing to be gone.
The Emperor Claudius arrives, carried by his Nubian slaves. He is quite ridiculous, but the Iceni can't help warming to him. As they feast royally, Magior looks on in disgust.
Back in Rome, Claudius greets the assembled masses. Agrippina restrains Catus as her spoiled son Nero enters and asks for news on Britain. He is itching to go over and conquer them but his youth counts against him. His mother also holds him in an unnatural sway...
Catus, the slimy Roman procurator, collects taxes from the Iceni. Magior burns with anger -- this shames the people and outrages the Gods. Boudica refuses to send slaves, but Prasutagus is trapped. Later that day Connach and his child soldiers attack the Romans. While the King is livid, Siora is full of contempt and Boudica realizes the Romans will continue to take and take. Suddenly, Prasutagus collapses with a stroke.
Nero declares that the Iceni are making them look like fools. He knows that Claudius is dying, poisoned. On the day that Nero is crowned Emperor amidst debauched celebrations, news comes of the British king's death. Nero resolves to conquer the Iceni and to force them to build a temple to Claudius.
When the Romans brutally snatch some women as slaves, a serene and determined Boudica promises to bring them back. But as they enter the Roman camp, the atmosphere is uneasy; it feels as if she is riding into some sort of trap. Indeed the procurator Catus has decided to make a hideous example of them. On his orders, Boudica is flogged and her two daughters are raped in front of her. But her will is not broken. She returns to her village to find support has arrived from all of the other neighboring tribes. The Iceni warrior Dervalloc returns and supports Boudica in her plan to defeat the Romans and together they organise a successful night attack on the nearby Roman camp.
Catus has escaped to Colchester and the Iceni, determined to see him dead, rally all the support they can to march on the city. After a victory in Colchester, the Iceni think they can vanquish all of the Romans in Britain and prepare to march on London. But in Rome, Nero summons his greatest general, Suetonius who leads some of the Empire's most feared soldiers to Britain to face down the Iceni in a final bloody battle.
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