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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
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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 »
Augustus remarried a few months after Julia was born. Julia mentions that Livia had been married to her father for twenty years. Historically, Julia would have only been fourteen at the time she said this in the episode. See more »
[Of Claudius's clumsiness]
That grandson of yours could wreck the empire just by strolling through it.
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Under rated actors doing Oscar caliber performances
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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