Italian TV bosses are ruthlessly censoring a British made mini-series about ancient Rome.

ROME, which was filmed in the Italian capital, cost $108 million (GBP60 million) and depicts everyday events in the city - including nudity, orgies, crucifixions and violent sex.

The BBC show passed censors in the UK, but bosses at state-owned network RAI are concerned the candid drama has too much sex and violence and have axed more than 12 scenes from the first episode ahead of its Italian debut next year (06).