Hannibal – Rome's Worst Nightmare

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Written by Matthew Faulk
Mark Skeet
Directed by Edward Bazalgette
Starring Alexander Siddig
Bashar Rahal
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Running time 89 min.
Original network BBC One
Original release 14 May 2006

Hannibal – Rome's Worst Nightmare is a 2006 television film, presented as a dramatised documentary, made by the BBC. It is narrated by Kenneth Cranham.

The film is chiefly centred on the Italian campaign of Hannibal, the famous Carthaginian general during the Second Punic War.



  • Alexander Siddig as Hannibal, supreme commander of the Carthaginian army
  • Emilio Doorgashingh as Maharbal, chief cavalry commander & second-in-command of the Carthaginian army
  • Bashar Rahal as Hasdrubal, Hannibal's younger brother and the commander of the Spanish provinces.
  • Mido Hamada as Mago, Hannibal's youngest brother and the infantry commander.
  • Histro Mitzkov as Gisgo, an officer in Hannibal's army who notably comments on the strength of the Roman army at Cannae. This earns Hannibals comment that, while there are indeed a lot of Romans, none of them are called Gisgo.


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