A TV programme described as the most sexually explicit ever made is expected to hit UK screens this summer.

Spartacus: Blood And Sand debuted in the US last week and features full-frontal nudity and sex scenes, as well as graphic violence.

The series focuses on the Roman gladiator Spartacus, who led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic.

The cast includes Four Weddings And A Funeral star John Hannah, as well as Lucy Lawless, who is best known for her role as Xena: Warrior Princess.

Speaking about the series, Lucy said: "I think a lot of people are going to be shocked and they are going to shut off their televisions.

"And I absolutely encourage that because if they're shocked by the first few episodes, it ain't going to let up. But for the people who have the stomach for it, this is a bloody good yarn."

A second series of the show was commissioned before it even premiered on cable channel Starz in the US. It hasn't been confirmed yet which UK channel will be daring enough to screen the drama.

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