SAUCY Gladiator series Spartacus returns for its final season – and it’s going out with a bang.
The racy swords and sandals show, which premiers on Sky 1 on February 11, is regularly billed as the most explicit programme on TV for its full frontal nudity and brutal fight scenes.
And judging by these sexy shots from the first episode, Spartacus: War of the Damned is staying true to form.
In the series of images one of the slave rebel’s generals, Gannicus, has an orgy with three women.
The gladiator, who is played by Australian actor Dustin Clare, gets hot and heavy with two brunettes and a blonde called Saxa – who is the show’s first female fighter.
A former prisoner on a Germanic slave ship, she now assists the gladiators in their war against Rome.
The super fit beauty, played by by 28-year-old Ellen Hollman, is also Gannicus’s regular lover.
This series concludes the slaves’ legendary journey and will feature a young Julius Caesar who is helping the Roman Senate crush the rebellion.
The show’s US network Starz reported an audience of 930,000 viewers for the first episode. It falls short of last season’s Vengeance, which earned 2.7million.
Spartacus himself was initially played by Brit actor Andy Whitfield. In a tragically sad turn of events, Andy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma just ahead of shooting the show’s second series.
He lost his 18-month battle with the cancer in September 2011 and died in his wife Vashti’s arms.
She paid a moving tribute to her “beautiful young warrior” saying in a statement:
“He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have helped carry him to this point.
“He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was.”
Australian actor Liam McIntyre took over his role and featured all three of the subsequent series, which included the prequel, Gods of the Arena.