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I, Claudius: Season 1: Episode 13 -- Rome, 54 CE. Claudius marries Agrippinilla, mother of Nero and the deadliest woman in Rome. A prophecy has told him that Nero will be Rome's next ruler. Claudius knowingly seals his fate and that of his own son by naming Nero his heir.

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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
6 November 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.
Plot:
The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers. Full summary »
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Without doubt, the finest Television adaptation ever! See more (97 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 47)

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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Series Directed by
Herbert Wise (12 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Writing credits
Robert Graves (12 episodes, 1976)
Jack Pulman (12 episodes, 1976)

Series Produced by
Martin Lisemore .... producer (12 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Film Editing by
Dave Hillier (2 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Production Design by
Tim Harvey (12 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Costume Design by
Barbara Kronig (12 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Makeup Department
Sue Bide .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 1976)
Norma Hill-Patton .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 1976)
Pam Meager .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Production Management
Denis Curran .... production unit manager (12 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Art Department
Dick Bailey .... graphic designer (1 episode, 1976)
 
Series Sound Department
Chick Anthony .... sound (11 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Visual Effects by
John Friedlander .... visual effects designer (1 episode, 1976)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Hider .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1976)
John Green .... lighting (9 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Editorial Department
John Barclay .... vision mixer (12 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Music Department
Wilfred Josephs .... composer: title music / composer: incidental music (12 episodes, 1976)
David Wulstan .... conductor: choral music (9 episodes, 1976)
Clerkes of Oxenford .... choral ensemble (8 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Other crew
Robert Erskine .... programme advisor (12 episodes, 1976)
John Harris .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1976)
Betty Willingale .... script editor (12 episodes, 1976)
Carol Wiseman .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1976)
Gary Downie .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1976)
 

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Runtime:
650 min (13 parts) | Finland:669 min (DVD) (13 episodes)
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Trivia:
The series was filmed over a period of 6 months in a BBC studio. Charlton Heston was one consideration for the title role, but because of the extent of the shoot and Heston's US residency, the idea was abandoned.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Augustus thanks the poet Horace for his performance. Roman soldiers enter to inform Augustus of the slaughter his troops faced at the Teutoburg Forest. Horace died in 8 B.C. and the incident in the forest occurred in 9 A.D.See more »
Quotes:
Caligula:[after committing an especially gruesome murder] Aren't people awful?See more »
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89 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
Without doubt, the finest Television adaptation ever!, 21 January 2002

What can one say that has not already been said about this true masterwork of television? Well, I, Claudius has been a part of my life since I was very young, when me and my mum used to sit and watch, totally rapt in the labyrinthine shenanighans of this most horrid little story...although, at 12 hours long, the story is hardly tiny, but horrid it most certainly is. Every episode is filled with intrigue, murder, violence, nudity, back-stabbing, plotting, incest, insanity and everything else one usually connects with this barbaric, nasty little page of history. The Roman Empire was probably the most corrupt moment of history and Robert Graves' epic novels, here turned into stunning drama by Jack Pulman's brilliant script, blows every other BBC drama clean out of the water. And as for the acting...Brian Blessed is a tornado as the weak-willed Emperor Augustus, while John Hurt gives one of his finest performances as the insane, decadent Caligula. But the true star of this fabulous course of debauchery is Sian Phillips' scheming, evil bitch of Rome, Livia. In one of the finest scenes in the drama, she confronts Claudius and reveals the treachery which has singlehandedly rid herself of all those who have stood in her way, including her own husband. It is a powerhouse performance, and her departure from the second part of the show is sorely missed, but this is compensated for when Hurt takes centre-stage when his unhinged Caligula (nice boy!) plunges Rome into lower depths of depravity and madness. Derek Jacobi, as the foolish, but wise Claudius gives us just enough of his presence to make us aware he is watching quietly while the murders occur, but his presence pervades the entire piece due to his diction, his amazingly baritone voice and because he narrates, even when his birth has not actually occured yet. All in all, a stunning, marvellous piece of entertainment which will never be beaten. I happen to own the entire series on video, and it gets an airing at least once a year...with each new watch revealing subtleties i missed last time. I implore anyone who lives Ancient Rome, good drama or just likes a long wallow in unrepentant horror and blood to watch this drama. You will not be disappointed. Brilliant!!

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