Mary Beard wrote and hosted the series, and as I liked reading her Times columns, at least until they went behind a paywall, I was looking forward to seeing this.
That said, she did take a bit of getting used to as a host. She was a bit repetitive, particularly in the first episode, and a bit, um, over enthusiastic at times; but by the last episode tonight I had become accustomed to her style.
The theme of the series was to look at ancient Rome from the point of view of the day to day life of the ordinary folk: the goings on in politics and emperors was definitely not the subject of the show. Given that the Romans had a habit of writing their life story on their tombs, many of which are recorded or still standing, their stories are still very readily accessible.
Episodes 2 and 3 can still be viewed on line at SBS (for now), and I think large chunks of it may also be permanently on Youtube. (This clip from tonight's episode showing a baby's cradle was touching.)
UPDATE: soon after posting this last night, I checked my email account via which I get notice of comments left on posts, and found this:
I'm not behind the paywall... easiest way to access is through the TLS website, totally free (glad you got to like the series)
But it hasn't (at time of writing this) appeared in comments on the post, and I can't see why.
In any event, thanks Mary. Yes, her blog is here. Silly me.