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I, Claudius 

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | TV Mini-Series (1976)
The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.
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Top Rated TV #52 | 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

The mini-series follows the history of the Roman Empire, from approximately the death of Marcellus (24/23 BC) to Claudius' own death in 54 AD. 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.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

6 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I, Claudius 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Brian Blessed originally auditioned for the role of Tiberius, but was eventually persuaded to play Augustus instead. He recounted Herbert Wise's saying "be as you are, full of flannel", and that he should always play Augustus as an ordinary person, because the reactions of those around him would make him the Emperor. See more »

Goofs

Augustus remarried a few months after Julia was born. Julia mentions that Livia had been married to her father for 20 years. Historically, Julia was 14 when she said that. 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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Connections

Spoofed in The Benny Hill Show: The Bionic Baby (1977) See more »

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User Reviews

The British show the world how to make a TV drama.
16 January 2004 | by Robert BraidenSee all my reviews

Nobody, absolutely nobody on planet Earth could do such an intelligent, superbly acted and brilliantly directed drama series like I, Claudius than the British. If one wanted to learn how to act, they should watch I, Claudius, if one wanted to learn to write drama, they should watch I, Claudius. In an age of dull, repetitive and childish immature television, I, Claudius stands out as a show that seems to good to be true. The viewer is spoiled with the staggering quality offered by the series.

With all due respect to American actors, and there are some very fine ones, they could never have achieved what the British actors did in I, Claudius. What we see are actors doing what they love so effortlessly without the benefit (or hindrance??) of mega-Hollywood bucks.

The show is, and I know this from my own experiences and from seeing the reaction of others, incredibly addictive. One simply cannot get enough of it. The series treats its audience as intelligent individuals which is such a refreshing change from the attitude of most current and past programs.

Without any hesitation, watch this series. Television can never get any better than this!


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