An epic multilingual drama series designed specifically for the booming European co-production market.
Against impossible odds and obscene corruption, a defiant SLAVE’S race for freedom lifts a blood thirsty Empire to its feet and drives a malicious EMPEROR to his knees
Charioteer is the untold true story of the world’s greatest athlete; the world’s wealthiest athlete; the first global superstar... and perhaps also its greatest cheat. Told with the style and energy of Any Given Sunday and HBO's Ballers, Charioteer is a behind-the-scenes look at the intrigue and corruption that fueled history’s most violent sport. It’s not Rome; it’s not Spartacus; and it sure as heck ain’t Ben Hur. In the fast paced and deadly world of professional chariot-racing, we take a never before seen look at the endorsement deals and corruption; the riches and the drive; the glory and the gore that was the Roman Empire’s most lucrative and lethal sport. Born a slave, he won his freedom. Where most died in their first few months, he amassed a £10,000,000,000 fortune over a 24 year career. But how?
His story is violent. His story is cunning. And most unbelievably of all...
His story is true.
A Gladiator on Wheels
Taken as a slave from his native Spain, GAUIS DIOCLES rose from stable boy to champion with fearless determination. However, in second-century Rome, chariot racing is more than just a sport, it is a vital revenue stream. EMPEROR CLAUDIUS fixes the races at CIRCUS MAXIMUS to finance the army and secure his power.
With over fourteen hundred recorded victories, Diocles’ success defies the Emperor and threatens the empire’s economic stability. To the senators, citizens and slaves who worship his audacity and shield him from retaliation, Diocles is their champion. He wields his fame like a sword and even the love of his life, ELENA AREILUS, suffers from his celebrity. Only his countryman, VASSO, understands it is not glory that drives him, but a reckless obsession to avenge his sister CASSIA’s death. Diocles’ life is filled with triumphs and tragedies, corruption and courage, depravity and love. Even when he discovers his sister is alive, and the world turns against him, he never surrenders. Forced to choose between Cassia’s life and his family’s freedom, in a moment of truth, in a time of doubt, against impossible odds, Diocles summons the inner strength to defeat the Emperor and regain his honor on the arena track of Circus Maximus.