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I, Claudius 

The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.
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1976  
Top Rated TV #51 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Derek Jacobi ...  Claudius 13 episodes, 1976
George Baker ...  Tiberius 10 episodes, 1976
Margaret Tyzack ...  Antonia 9 episodes, 1976
Siân Phillips ...  Livia 8 episodes, 1976
Brian Blessed ...  Augustus 6 episodes, 1976
James Faulkner ...  Herod Agrippa / ... 6 episodes, 1976
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Storyline

This mini-series follows the history of the Roman Empire, from approximately the death of Marcellus (24/23 B.C.) to Claudius' own death in 54 A.D. As Claudius narrates his life, we witness Augustus' attempts to find an heir, often foiled by his wife Livia who wants her son Tiberius to become emperor. We also see the conspiracy of Sejanus, the infamous reign of Caligula, and Claudius' own troubled period of rule. Written by Erika Grams <erika@email.unc.edu>

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Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

13 June 1978 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Yo, Claudio See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(13 parts) | (DVD) (13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The opening credits were later parodied in Black-Adder II (1986), which also featured Patsy Byrne. See more »

Goofs

When Augustus throws Postumus against a wall, it wobbles. See more »

Quotes

[Regarding Augustus and his family]
Tiberius: That family is starting to sound like a Greek tragedy.
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Alternate Versions

The show aired in 13 episodes on PBS in 1977, but was originally shown in 12 episodes in England, the first and second episodes having been combined. This is the version now available in the remastered edition on DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cheers: Dinner at Eight-ish (1987) See more »

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Under rated actors doing Oscar caliber performances
23 December 2004 | by pvanmeursSee all my reviews

Absolutely glorious series. All the actors in this series are in or have been in American films but they have always been underrated and are some of the best actors alive. There are more dames and knights than you can believe. Derek Jacobi is breathtaking in his performance. Sian Phillips is subtly evil. John Hurt as Caligula shines with madness. The sets are unbelievable considering the small budget they had. The most shocking thing is that everything in one sense or another is true. These people really did die these ways. It will take you completely out of your everyday life and deposit you in the world of the Romans.


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