Sky releases the official trailer as well as announcing the UK launch of Domina Season II with new episodes dropping weekly as double bills on Sky Atlantic and NOW from 13th September 2023. This epic historical drama series takes place during one of the most provocative and turbulent periods in Roman history. Domina follows the extraordinary rise of Gaius Octavius, who became the first Emperor of Rome as Caesar Augustus, and his third wife, Livia Drusilla.
Domina chronicles the struggle for control of the Roman Empire, and of Rome’s Imperial Family, from a rare female perspective. In its first season, Livia Drusilla (Kasia Smutniak), the golden girl of the prominent Claudii family, returned to Rome after 10 years in exile, determined to regain everything that was stolen from her. When she married Gaius – Caesar Augustus (Matthew McNulty) – she was seated at the top of a fractious empire and a dysfunctional dynasty. Throughout, Livia was fighting to preserve her marriage and find a way to seat one of her sons on the imperial throne, as new and old rivals jockeyed for position in a world where it’s impossible to know who to trust.
Season II picks up in 19 BC, when Gaius and Livia return to Rome after three years away in the Eastern Provinces. They are shocked to find their city in revolt, and Livia’s children in open rebellion. Throughout the season, Livia is made to fight harder than ever to fulfil the sacred vow she swore to her father – to restore the Republic, and Democracy, to Rome. Livia will need all of her intelligence, ambition and guile to navigate these increasingly rough political seas. She will face a terrible final choice between power and vengeance.
Domina has expanded its cast for Season II with Benjamin Isaac (Holmes & Watson) joining in the role of Tiberius, Joelle (Dune, The School for Good and Evil) as Vipsania, and David Avery (Doctor Who, The Inbetweeners Movie) as young aristocrat Domitius.
Kasia Smutniak returns as series lead Livia Drusilla, alongside series regulars Matthew McNulty (Gaius), Liah O’Prey (Julia), Ben Batt (Agrippa), Ewan Horrocks (Drusus), Claire Forlani (Octavia), Darrell D’Silva (Piso), Christine Bottomley (Scribonia), and Alaïs Lawson (Marcella).
A Sky Original series, Domina is created by Simon Burke (Fortitude, Strike Back), and produced by Tiger Aspect – part of Banijay UK – in association with MGM+ Studios. Banijay Rights handles worldwide distribution. Domina was filmed at the historic Cinecittà Studios in Rome.
DOMINA Season I is available now on Sky Atlantic and NOW
DOMINA Season II will launch on Sky Atlantic and NOW from 13th September 2023