I, Claudius (1976)
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Claudius accepts the crown and spares all the conspirators except Cassius for killing Caligula's wife and family. He also deifies Livia. Messalina, having borne him children, persuades him ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Wise

Writers:

Robert Graves (novels), Jack Pulman (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Claudius
Sheila White ... Messalina
Bernard Hepton ... Pallas
John Cater ... Narcissus
Moira Redmond ... Domitia
Lyndon Brook ... Silanus
James Faulkner ... Herod Agrippa
Sam Dastor ... Cassius Chaerea
John Bennett ... Xenophon
Norman Eshley ... Marcus
Geoffrey Hinsliff Geoffrey Hinsliff ... Rufrius
Bernard Hill ... Gratus
George Little George Little ... Tortius
Neal Arden ... Cestius
James Fagan James Fagan ... Asprenas
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Claudius accepts the crown and spares all the conspirators except Cassius for killing Caligula's wife and family. He also deifies Livia. Messalina, having borne him children, persuades him to let her rule alongside him and brings in senator Silanus as an aide, Silanus marrying Domitia, Messalina's mother. However Messalina attempts to seduce Silanus, leading him to try and kill Claudius, for which he is executed. Not for nothing has Claudius's friend Herod Agrippa warned him to trust nobody. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1976 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The corn supply is discussed by Claudius. This might be thought an anachronism by viewers in North America, Australia or New Zealand, where "corn" means maize, unknown to the Romans. But in the UK and elsewhere it means any cereal crop major to a region or locality. In Latin the word would have been "granum". See more »

Quotes

Senator: You are not fit to be Emperor.
Claudius: I agree. But nor was my nephew.
Senator: Then what difference is there between you?
Claudius: He would not have agreed. And by now your head would be on that floor for saying so.
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