The six latter day British builders aiming to construct a Roman villa using only ancient methods and tools, face the most challenging and dangerous part of the project - erecting the giant timber frame.
A group of six builders embark on an ambitious project to bring the Roman city of Wroxeter back to life by building a fully working Roman villa. But the catch is they cannot use any modern technology and their building guide is a manual written in 25BC.
The 21st century building crew constructing a Roman villa using only ancient methods and tools, have reached the halfway point. The giant oak frame is up and now the race is on to get the roof finished before the weather breaks.
The internal scaffolding of the Roman villa comes down and the workmen realise the sheer size of the project - none more so than plasterer Tim, who has to cover all the walls, using 90 tonnes of lime plaster. He is given only one 'slave' to help, the ponderous labourer, Ben, and so Tim's not happy. Sparks fly between him and foreman Jim, and Tim goes 'off site' to clear his head and calm his temper.
The final push is on to get the Roman villa completed before the winter weather sets in making building impossible. But there are problems. The plaster in the showpiece main room won't set, so the painting of the frescoes can't begin.
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