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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 #82 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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

Derek Jacobi (Claudius) is the only actor to appear in all thirteen episodes. In second place is George Baker (Tiberius), who appeared in ten episodes. See more »

Goofs

When Augustus throws Postumus against a wall, it wobbles. See more »

Quotes

[On seeing your ex-spouse in secret]
Livia: You saw Julia's mother after your divorce.
Augustus: Yes, but not in secret.
Livia: Well I don't remember being present...
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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

Featured in Drama Connections: I, Claudius (2005) See more »

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How can I even begin to comment on this series....
27 July 2004 | by darkdayforanimeSee all my reviews

....When so many people have done a better job than I ever could?

When I rented this on video, a few years ago, my mother (who has passed away since) commented on how she would watch this back in the 70's, absolutely fascinated by it. I'd rented it because I'd seen it during its replay in the 80's, and was equally fascinated. It was rare to see a historical drama with so much lurid character detail.

What fascinates me today is the sheer number of character actors who appear in it.... Most of which were little known then but have since gone on to become better-known. Everyone from Brian Blessed, John Hurt, Sian Phillips, George Baker, Patrick Stewart and John Rhys-Davies to lesser-known actors like Kevin Stoney, Bernard Hill, Christopher Guard, Fiona Walker, Stratford Johns, Sam Dastor, Guy Siner, Darien Angadi, James Bree, George Pravda, Simon MacCorkindale, Sheila Ruskin, Bruce Purchase and Denis Carey. And they were _all_ good, no matter how small their roles were. Where the Brits find actors of this caliber, I'll never know.


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UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

6 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

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

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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