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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 5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
Gorgeous! BBC UTMOST MASTERPIECE!!! 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:
Derek Jacobi (Claudius) is the only actor to appear in all 13 episodes of the series. In second place are George Baker (Tiberius) and Margaret Tyzack (Antonia), who each appear in nine episodes.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: It has been assumed by many that the reason some of the audio is at too low a level on the DVD is because of some faulty remastering. This is not the case. It is because some of the microphone placement on set during the making of the series was not as polished as it could have been, or as it might be now, and this shows up more clearly on the DVD because of higher fidelity. At certain moments, an actor or actress may be in the rear of the set and his/ her voice is not picked up clearly; then, as the actor advances, the voice becomes louder.See more »
Quotes:
[of Livia]
Germanicus:Between reading so many letters and arranging so many rapes, when does she ever sleep?
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FAQ

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45 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Gorgeous! BBC UTMOST MASTERPIECE!!!, 26 June 2004
Author: Marcin Kukuczka from Cieszyn, Poland

The serial I, CLAUDIUS is one of the best epics on the Roman Empire one can ever encounter. Although it is based on the novel by Robert Graves, the director, Herbert Wise, together with the producer Jack Pulman and other crew proved a respectful independence of portraying particular characters from ancient times. This film stands out among other historical movies at multiple levels.

First of all, I, CLAUDIUS is one of the rare examples of films showing the real core of the Roman Empire. The action takes place ONLY within the walls of the imperial palace. Everything that happens appears to be perceived by the members of the ruling dynasty. REAL WINGS OF IMPERIAL ROME! Conspiracies, poisoning, hatred, bloody desire for power... these are the topics of the film - ABSOLUTELY FAITHFUL TO HISTORY!

Besides, the empire is showed VERY realistically. It is not the glory of victories, it is not the power and triumphs of its leaders, IT IS THE REAL ROTTEN DECADENCE OF ITS REALITY! "Trust no one" as Herod says once to Claudius, his dearest friend. "The battle of Aktium did not look like that" says Augustus to a poet who attempts to glorify the deeds of the warriors. In fact, only Claudius manages to survive, but not to the end. Even he is poisoned by his fourth wife...

The film is realistic, but it is important to state that it does not exaggerate anything. There is nudity but with respect to film art. It is not the focus. Cruelty is also not the focus as being the goal in itself. The evil is only "embedded" in the action. It is not Guccione's CALIGULA which destroys any classics of the movie art by disgusting pornography and horrific cruelty. I, CLAUDIUS is, first of all, a film art.

Finally, it is significant to mention the cast. There are few films, really few, which have such excellent stars. All people perform WONDERFULLY. You watch it and you forget that these are actors and actresses. You think they are real Romans of that time and totally set your mind on the action! It is a very rare experience and that is another reason why I absolutely appreciate this movie!!! Derek Jacobi, Sian Phillips, Brian Blessed and many many others make the film a real pleasure to watch. Especially Sian Phillips as cruel Livia, Augustus' wife, gives her finest performance here. MASTERPIECE!!!

I would recommend everyone to see this mini-series. It is a wonderful experience. The history lesson that this film offers is better than studying history in high school for four years. I, CLAUDIUS is the splendor of CLEOPATRA combined with the violence of SPARTACUS, GLADIATOR and the decadence of CALIGULA. Everything is there with an utmost harmony. SPLENDID!

If you are interested in a more in-depth analysis of the serial, I invite you to read my comments on all thirteen episodes of I CLAUDIUS from "A Touch of Murder" to "Old King Log"

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