On Sunday 5 April 1981 the TV mini-series Masada began showing on ABC Television in the USA. The historical drama, based on the historical novel The Antagonists by Ernest K. Gann on the siege of the Masada citadel in Israel by legions of the Roman Empire, ran for four episodes shown on consecutive nights.
The series starred Peter O'Toole, Peter Strauss, Barbara Carrera and Anthony Quayle.
Masada was shown on BBC One in the UK over two weeks in February 1983. It has since been made available on DVD.