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I, Claudius 

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | TV Mini-Series (1976)
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.
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1976  
Top Rated TV #83 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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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Storyline

This mini-series follows the history of the Roman Empire, from approximately the death of Marcellus (24/23 B.C.) to Claudius' own death in 54 A.D. 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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Trivia

This mini-series, which ran just under eleven hours, was made for £60,000 per hour of broadcast material, a total of £660,000. See more »

Goofs

In the early episodes, several doors in the various buildings have modern doorknobs and other closure hardware, or the cutouts for them. See more »

Quotes

[On Marcellus' death]
Antonia: It's not fair to accuse Livia of things without any proof.
Julia: Why shouldn't I? She accuses *ME* of things without proof.
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Alternate Versions

The show aired in 13 episodes on PBS in 1977, but was originally shown in 12 episodes in England, the first and second episodes having been combined. This is the version now available in the remastered edition on DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in I, Tonya (2017) See more »

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The standard by which all TV should be judged
22 May 2001 | by AlabamaWorley1971See 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

6 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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