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I, Claudius 

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | TV Mini-Series (1976)
The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.
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1976  
Top Rated TV #48 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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The mini-series follows the history of the Roman Empire, from approximately the death of Marcellus (24/23 BC) to Claudius' own death in 54 AD. 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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6 November 1977 (USA)  »

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

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Peter O'Toole, who was Sian Philips' husband at the time, reassured the cast at an early showing that the audience would love it, even if the critics didn't. Sian recalled that he found the reviews of the original books which were similar to the first reviews on the television series. See more »

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Augustus banishes his daughter Julia in 2 AD. Historically, she had been in banished in 2 BC. See more »

Quotes

[Of the senate]
Livia: They won't allow me in because I am a woman, and they won't allow you in because you're a fool. That's strange, when you come to think of it, because it's filled with nothing but old women and fools.
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Referenced in The Facts of Life: Teenage Marriage: Part 2 (1981) See more »

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The standard by which all TV should be judged
22 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

The best miniseries ever made! Smart and sexy, with characters that live and breathe. Just some of the most marvelous characters include Brian Blessed as the benevolent Augustus, George Baker as the wounded Tiberius, and Siân Phillips as Livia. Includes one of John Hurt's finest performances, and I'd go into Derek Jacobi as Claudius, but they say I have to keep it below 1,000 words. The Canadian channel Bravo runs it occasionally, or try renting it from Blockbuster, but I recommend shelling out for the entire collection on video!


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