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The Madness of Hercules

Series 2 - Episode 8 The Madness of Hercules



After the previous episode's whirlwind catch-up, things look grim indeed for our heroes of legend. Jason faces execution for killing the Oracle (he didn’t, of course); Hercules does his best to comfort Medusa (no longer in the throes of a bad hair day but with a heavy burden); and genius Pythagoras doesn’t know what to do to help his friends. The days of ribbing and banter seem very far away.

It’s an intense instalment, strongly written by Richard McBrien, and where it lacks the humour of series one, the episode hits its emotional cues – and concisely explains why Melas the High Priest (played by the wonderfully named Ken Bones) was so quick to betray.


Jason has been sentenced to death for his murderous act, and with the irrepressible might of the High Priests bearing down upon him, it appears there is little anyone can do to save him - even Ariadne seems powerless to secure his release. As Pasiphae tightens her grip on the city, the future looks bleak - until Hercules comes up with a plan involving Medusa that will require him to make a huge personal sacrifice. Mark Addy, Jack Donnelly and Sarah Parish star in the fantasy adventure.

Cast & Crew

Hercules Mark Addy
Pasiphae Sarah Parish
Jason Jack Donnelly
Pythagoras Robert Emms
Medusa Jemima Rooper
Ariadne Aiysha Hart
Medea Amy Manson
Delmos Emmett J Scanlan
Cilix Lorcan Cranitch
Cassandra Anya Taylor-Joy
Melas Ken Bones
Goran Peter De Jersey
Critias Thomas Coombes
Nestor Sam Swainsbury
Patrol guard Jason Baughan
Tavern owner John Draycott
Soldier Jason Cheater
Director Lawrence Gough
Executive Producer Julian Murphy
Executive Producer Johnny Capps
Writer Richard McBrien
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