The Iron Hand Of Mars

Lindsey Davis' adventures of a Roman detective, dramatised by Mary Cutler.

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Still on the case, the Roman sleuth has a fateful encounter with a missing legate and a giant Celtic bull.

Stars Anton Lesser.

The Roman sleuth has a fateful encounter with a missing legate and a giant Celtic bull.

The Roman detective is worried when the prisoners finally meet the legendary Celtic priestess Veleda.

The Roman detective is worried when the prisoners finally meet legendary priestess Veleda.

The Roman sleuth sets off with raw recruits to cross the Rhine into Barbarian territory.

In Germany, the Roman sleuth learns the legion's legate Gracilis is missing.

The detective witnesses the aftermath of a crime, and gets a hostile welcome in Germany.

The Roman sleuth heads to Germany's Barbarian forests - home to a giant bull.

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The Roman sleuth has a fateful encounter with a missing legate and a giant Celtic bull.

Just as he thinks his mission is drawing to a close, Falco has a fateful encounter with a missing legate and a giant Celtic bull. But he doesn't manage to close the case without the help of his resourceful girlfriend Helena, and the intervention of a small child.

Starring Anton Lesser as Marcus Didius Falco, Anna Madeley as Helena Justina, Gary Lewis as Helveticus and David Holt as Xanthus.

Dramatised by Mary Cutler.

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007.

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Falco is dispatched to one of the most hostile parts of the Empire to deliver a new standard to one of the legions.

Before he goes, he acquires an unlikely travelling companion in the form of a redundant Imperial barber.

To make matters worse, just as things seem to be going well with his girlfriend Helena, he pays the price for forgetting her birthday.

The Roman sleuth heads to Germany's Barbarian forests - home to a giant bull, raging Celts and a priestess.

Stars Anton Lesser.

The Roman sleuth heads to Germany's Barbarian forests - home to a giant bull.

The Roman sleuth heads to Germany's Barbarian forests, home to a giant bull, raging Celts and a priestess. Stars Anton Lesser.

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Falco and Xanthus endure an eventful journey across the Empire to Germany, witnessing the aftermath of a grisly crime on the way.

Falco tries to deliver the new standard to the Fourteenth Legion, but receives a rather hostile welcome.

He finds more hospitality at the house of Helena's tribune brother Justinus.

The Roman detective witnesses the aftermath of a grisly crime - and receives a hostile welcome in Germany.

Stars Anton Lesser.

The detective witnesses the aftermath of a crime, and gets a hostile welcome in Germany.

The Roman detective witnesses the aftermath of a grisly crime, and receives a hostile welcome in Germany. Stars Anton Lesser.

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Falco has arrived in Germany and discovered that Gracilis, the Fourteenth Legion's legate, has gone missing.

It appears that he might be involved in some corrupt business with the local potters.

Falco's inquiries get him into trouble with a centurion, and Xanthus the barber reveals an unexpected talent.

In Germany, the Roman sleuth learns the legion's legate Gracilis is missing.

Barber Xanthus reveals a talent.

Stars Anton Lesser.

In Germany, the Roman sleuth learns the legion's legate Gracilis is missing. Barber Xanthus reveals a talent. Stars Anton Lesser.

has arrived in Germany and discovered that Gracilis, the Fourteenth Legion's legate, has gone missing. It looks as though he might be involved in some corrupt business with the local potters.

Starring Anton Lesser as Marcus Didius Falco, Anna Madely as Helena Justina and David Holt as Xanthus.

Dramatised by Mary Cutler.

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007.

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After making enquiries with Claudia, the missing legate's mistress, Falco decides to cross the Rhine into Barbarian territory.

Accompanied by Justinus, Helveticus and a motley crew of raw recruits, he sets off on a dangerous journey.

Things begin to look ominous when they find a deserted Roman camp in the heart of the forest.

The Roman sleuth sets off with a motley crew of raw recruits, to cross the Rhine into Barbarian territory.

Stars Anton Lesser.

The Roman sleuth sets off with raw recruits to cross the Rhine into Barbarian territory.

The Roman sleuth sets off with a motley crew of raw recruits, to cross the Rhine into Barbarian territory. Stars Anton Lesser.

After making enquiries with Claudia, the missing legate's mistress, Falco decides he has to cross the Rhine into Barbarian territory. Accompanied by Justinus, Helveticus and a motley crew of raw recruits, he sets off on his most dangerous journey yet.

Starring Anton Lesser as Marcus Didius Falco, Anna Madely as Helena Justina, David Holt as Xanthus and Gary Lewis as Helveticus.

Dramatised by Mary Cutler.

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007.

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Falco and his fellow prisoners are marched through the forest to meet the legendary Celtic priestess Veleda.

Justinus takes matters into his own hands when he volunteers to negotiate with her, but Falco is concerned that he doesn't fully understand the implications of the meeting.

The Roman detective is worried when the prisoners finally meet legendary priestess Veleda.

The Roman detective is worried when the prisoners finally meet the legendary Celtic priestess Veleda.

Stars Anton Lesser.

The Roman detective is worried when the prisoners finally meet the legendary Celtic priestess Veleda. Stars Anton Lesser.

Roman detective Falco and his fellow prisoners are marched through the forest and finally meet the legendary Celtic priestess Veleda.

Justinus takes matters into his own hands when he volunteers to negotiate with her, but Falco is worried that he doesn't fully understand the implications of the meeting.

Starring Anton Lesser as Marcus Didius Falco, Gary Lewis as Helveticus and Oliver Hembrough as Justinus.

Dramatised by Mary Cutler.

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007.

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Just as he thinks his mission is drawing to a close, Falco has a fateful encounter with a missing legate and a giant Celtic bull.

But to close the case he needs the help of his resourceful girlfriend Helena and the intervention of a small child.

The Roman sleuth has a fateful encounter with a missing legate and a giant Celtic bull.

Still on the case, the Roman sleuth has a fateful encounter with a missing legate and a giant Celtic bull.

Stars Anton Lesser.

Still on the case, the Roman sleuth has a fateful encounter with a missing legate and a giant Celtic bull. Stars Anton Lesser.