The lives of a series of queens belonging to the Ptolemaic Dynasty of ancient Egypt, culminating in its final active ruler Cleopatra VII.








Series cast summary:
Michelle Newell Michelle Newell ...  Cleopatra / ... 8 episodes, 1983
Graham Crowden ...  Theodotus 6 episodes, 1983
Helen Sparks Helen Sparks ...  Dancer 5 episodes, 1983
Richard Griffiths ...  Pot Belly 3 episodes, 1983
Adam Bareham Adam Bareham ...  Fluter 3 episodes, 1983
Robert Hardy ...  Julius Caesar 3 episodes, 1983
Shirin Taylor ...  Charmian 3 episodes, 1983
Carol Harrison Carol Harrison ...  Iras 3 episodes, 1983
Christopher Neame ...  Mark Antony 3 episodes, 1983
Wynne McGregor Wynne McGregor ...  Dancer 3 episodes, 1983
Elizabeth Shepherd ...  Cleopatra, the mother 2 episodes, 1983
Francesca Gonshaw Francesca Gonshaw ...  Arsinoe 2 episodes, 1983
James Aubrey ...  Grypus 2 episodes, 1983
Geoffrey Chater ...  Perigenes 2 episodes, 1983
David Horovitch ...  Chickpea 2 episodes, 1983
Ian McNeice ...  Alexander 2 episodes, 1983
Pauline Moran ...  Cleopatra Berenike 2 episodes, 1983
Sue Holderness Sue Holderness ...  Cleopatra, eldest daughter / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Amanda Boxer ...  Cleopatra Tryphaena 2 episodes, 1983
Prue Clarke Prue Clarke ...  Cleopatra Selene 2 episodes, 1983
Jack May Jack May ...  Criton 2 episodes, 1983
Frank Duncan Frank Duncan ...  Ammonius 2 episodes, 1983
Tony Osoba ...  Marsyas 2 episodes, 1983
Morris Perry ...  General Chaeteas 2 episodes, 1983
John Bennett ...  Philocles 2 episodes, 1983
Richard Bates Richard Bates ...  Servant / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Gavin Harding Gavin Harding ...  Servant / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Dinah Jones Dinah Jones ...  Dancer 2 episodes, 1983
Monique Starr Monique Starr ...  Dancer 2 episodes, 1983
Norma Vee Norma Vee ...  Dancer 2 episodes, 1983


The lives of a series of queens belonging to the Ptolemaic Dynasty of ancient Egypt, culminating in its final active ruler Cleopatra VII.

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19 January 1983 (UK) See more »

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The BBC intended the series to be the I, Claudius (1976) of the 1980s. However, it was poorly received and has never been repeated or released on home video. See more »

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Clunky 80's melodrama
29 March 2017 | by roidelevilleSee all my reviews

A decent script suffers from truly awful production values and lousy editing. The cheap, pasteboard sets (often merely a sound stage with curtains or lighting filling in for walls) the lousy sound (lots of stage echoes), and questionable costume choices (no, they did not dress like ancient Egyptian tomb paintings) all combine to undermine what is, by itself, a fascinating romp among some of history's most ruthless royals: the ever-murderous Ptolemies of Egypt. The acting is uneven and pales when compared to the much superior I, Claudius, of which this farce was obviously intended to mimic. If the viewer can overlook the choppy editing and poor production standards, the story itself becomes quite entertaining. I would love to see this series done better. At least the idea was sound---an Egyptian version of I, Claudius---but it's a shame the BBC put so little faith or investment into it.

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