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"A true masterpiece" —San Francisco Chronicle "Fiendishly sophisticated" —The New York Times "Handsomely produced, grandly acted, and…thoroughly involving" —The Washington Post "Irresistible, witty" —Los Angeles Times
Rated one of the "100 Best TV Shows of All Time" by Time magazine, this epic BBC series spans the history of the Roman Empire from Augustus through Claudius, a stuttering scholar who learns early to play the fool and stay alive. Based on the novels by Robert Graves, it stars Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech, Cadfael) in a career-defining role. Siân Phillips (The Age of Innocence) is “exquisitely wicked” (Los Angeles Times) as the lethal Livia, wife to Augustus (Brian Blessed, Hamlet), while John Hurt (The Elephant Man) is "decadence personified" (USA Today) as the depraved Caligula, whose reign of terror paves the way for Claudius’s ascension.
Winner of an Emmy® and numerous other awards, this riveting tale of ambition, debauchery, and intrigue remains one of the most popular and acclaimed dramas in Masterpiece Theatre history. Patrick Stewart (X-Men), George Baker (The Ruth Rendell Mysteries), Margaret Tyzack (Cousin Bette), and James Faulkner (The Bank Job) also star.
I love this show, from bbc watched it many years ago and was supprised to see it on dvd.
i enjoyed watching it again and added it to my collection. Read more
Bought this video as a gift for my husband. He loves any historical series and this one was very much enjoyed. Very well done and factual.Published 10 days ago by Old Hippie Chick
The film follows Robert Graves' book almost exactly. Well done, good quality of the film, no need to use subtitles at all. I would not call it a masterpiece though... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Natalya Yanayt
Bought on recommendation from The History of Rome Podcast. They definitely are in the Livia killed everybody camp in the "I, Claudius" writers' pool. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Bruce C.
An absolute BBC classic. Great performances all around, some early performances of current and past great English actors.Published 20 days ago by Anton
British drama performance at its best! Learn Roman history from your armchair--and be entertained at the same time. Derek Jacoby is wonderful as Claudius.Published 20 days ago by Vasant M. Joshi
will watch it again, it was great.....documentation/story that came with the dvd was wonderful.Published 23 days ago by Mary Leong
A timeless production. One of the best ever. What else is there to sayPublished 27 days ago by Tom Senegeto
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Not very much. Some bare breasts, that's about it. If you're expecting anything like the movie 'Caligula' it's a far cry from that. Remember, this was filmed in the 70s for BBC. Was pretty graphic for TV back in those days but not so much by today's standards.
Aug 2, 2013 by venussansfurs | See all 2 posts
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The features that are new to Acorn's 2012 DVD release (vs. the 2008 one from Image) include a newly filmed interview with Derek Jacobi and a BBC documentary about the series from 2002 among others.
Mar 29, 2012 by DPK | See all 8 posts
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