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A Masterpiece, 26 July 2004
Unseen for many years (probably because it was made in B&W) The Caesars
was every bit the equal of the BBC's celebrated "I Claudius". A
remarkable array of character actors, lead by the inimitable Freddie
Jones as Claudius himself, made this peerless entertainment. In one
respect at least it exceeded "I Claudius" and that is in the
performance of the late and much missed Ralph Bates as Caligula. He
gave a brilliant and chilling performance as the insane emperor, easily
beating John Hurt's outrageously camp and excessive performance (just
this side of pantomime in its overacting) for the BBC. Bates'
performance, is nothing short of superb. B&W or not, this is one series
that deserves rediscovery and a DVD release.