Six-episode TV mini-series co-produced by Italy, France and Germany in 1985 and directed by Franco Rossi, known primarily for his work on popular TV productions (e.g. Odyssey  and Eneida ). The show had an international cast, with Klaus Maria Brandauer as Nero, Francesco Quinn (Anthony’s son) as Vinicius and Max von Sydow as St. Peter. The screenplay was based not only on Sienkiewicz’s book but also on the sources he had consulted, such as Tacitus’ writings. The first episode was shown on Italy’s main film channel RAI on Sunday, 24 February 1985.