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I, Claudius 

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | TV Mini-Series (1976)
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.
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Top Rated TV #79 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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

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English | German

Release Date:

6 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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I, Claudius See more »

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Runtime:

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

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

John Hurt revealed that he declined the role of Caligula when it was first offered to him. Because of the time-span of the production, the fact that Derek Jacobi was the only cast member to appear in every episode and the subsequent commitments of the other cast members, Herbert Wise decided to throw a special pre-production party so the entire cast and crew could meet. Wise invited Hurt to the party hoping he would reconsider. When Hurt met the cast and crew, he was so impressed that he immediately took the part. See more »

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In the early episodes, several doors in the various buildings have modern doorknobs and other closure hardware, or the cutouts for them. See more »

Quotes

[On Marcellus' death]
Antonia: It's not fair to accuse Livia of things without any proof.
Julia: Why shouldn't I? She accuses *ME* of things without proof.
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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 »

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Spoofed in Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) See more »

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Brilliantly Fearsome
1 May 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Based on Robert Graves' famous novel, I, CLAUDIUS is the ultimate soap opera, vicious, cruel, manipulative--and this famous English miniseries grabs the attention and holds fast throughout the entire length of its complex tale of ancient intrigue.

The great strengths of I, CLAUDIUS are in the driving pace, sharp wit, and ferocity of Jack Pulman's script and the host of brilliant performers who play it out. Chief among these are Sian Phillips as the calculating, murderous, and unspeakably cold Livia, wife of Augustus; although Derek Jacobi gives a justly famous performance in the title role, it is Phillips who dominates and drives the story with this, the most brilliant performance of her career. But this is not to disparage the overall cast, which is remarkably fine and includes such noted artists as Brian Blessed, John Hurt, Patricia Quinn, Patrick Stewart, and a host of others.

Like the serpent that appears in the open credits, the story twists and winds--and covers several generations of the ruling family as Rome slips from the republic to royal rule, largely due to the manipulations of Livia, who has few if any scruples in her determination to rule first through her husband and then through her son. Although the look of the film is somewhat dated, it in no way impairs the power of the piece, and I, CLAUDIUS remains one of the handful of miniseries that actually improves upon repeated viewings. Strongly, strongly recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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