Troy: Fall of a City - Everything you need to know about the new BBC epic

Aimée Grant Cumberbatch
New series: Troy:Fall of a City is coming to BBC One: BBC

While Sky Atlantic's Britannia was generally felt not to have lived up to its billing as ‘the new Game of Thrones’, the BBC's Troy: Fall of a City might just be the new action-filled, fantasy epic you’ve been waiting for.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new show.

What’s it about?

A retelling of the Greek myth, adapted by man who brought The Night Manager to screen David Farr. It tells the story of herdsman Paris who has an encounter with the gods.

The young man visits Sparta as a guest of King Menelaus where he falls in love with Queen Helen. The consequences of their illicit love affair have the potential to bring an empire to its knees.

Who’s in the cast?

Louis Hunter stars as Paris, he's a fairly under the radar actor who hails from Australia.

Supporting him in the role are Shameless actor David Threlfall as Priam, Humans star Bella Dayne as Helen, The Missing’s Frances O’Connor as Hecuba, Containment cast member David Gyasi as Achilles and This Is England’s Johnny Harris as Agamemnon.

What happens in episode one?

Episode one kicks off with Paris’ off encounter with the gods. He bumps into three goddesses in the woods and is forced to pick which he finds the most beautiful. The experience sets the wheels in motion for him to meet Helen of Sparta.

When’s it on?

The first of the show’s eight episodes begins Saturday, February 17 at 9.10pm on BBC One.