The Rules of Engagement

Series 1 - Episode 7 The Rules of Engagement



A festival of fighting is about to descend on the city, and Hercules is childishly excited – “Free pies!” But the downside to this pankration, as it’s called, is what it means for Jason.

Because the tournament celebrates Princess Ariadne’s betrothal to the conniving Heptarian. With nothing to lose, our crestfallen hero enters the no-rules games of combat. And, in a possible tribute to Rocky, Hercules becomes the Burgess Meredith to Jason’s Sylvester Stallone.

After a slight mid-series lull we’re now moving down the other side of the hill, ie gathering impetus: love lines are firmly drawn, enmities are clarified. It’s a surprisingly effective blend of the brutal and the tender.


Jason is grief-stricken after hearing Ariadne is to be married to Heptarian, so with nothing to lose he enters a brutal fighting tournament to honour the nuptials - lining up against a terrifying pack of contestants including the bridegroom-to-be, who remains undefeated. He is determined to beat his love rival and prove his worth, but with more than just broken hearts at stake, he will need his loyal friends' help to guide him through.

Cast & Crew

Hercules Mark Addy
Pasiphae Sarah Parish
Minos Alexander Siddig
Medusa Jemima Rooper
Jason Jack Donnelly
Pythagoras Robert Emms
Ariadne Aiysha Hart
Heptarian Oliver Walker
Korinna Hannah Arterton
Melas Ken Bones
Dymas David Sterne
Alytarch Gary Oliver
Harmon Gary Kane
Codros Danny Midwinter
Director Declan O'Dwyer
Executive Producer Johnny Capps
Executive Producer Julian Murphy
Writer Richard McBrien
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