I, Claudius 1 Season 1976
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1. A Touch of Murder Rome, 24-9 BCE. Nearing the end of his life and surrounded by spies, Claudius, emperor of Rome, writes his family history. It begins during the reign of Augustus, with his treacherous grandmother, Livia, scheming to advance the career of her son, Tiberius.
2. Waiting in the Wings Rome, 3-5 CE. With Tiberius in exile, it seems that Livia has lost--but everyone Augustus chooses to succeed him dies inexplicably. Livia forces the emperor to face the truth about his daughter. An omen hints that Claudius might be more than he appears.
3. What Shall We Do About Claudius? Rome, 9 CE. When Livia hears that Tiberius has a new rival, Postumus, she quickly moves against him. Before he is banished, Postumus tells Claudius everything Livia. Claudius plays the fool to ensure his safety; he weds in a marriage Livia arranged.
4. Poison Is Queen Rome, 13-14 CE. After decades of deception, Augustus learns of Livia's plots and writes a new will naming Postumus his heir. Soon after Livia visits the keepers of the emperor's will, Augustus suffers severe stomach pains. She then sends in Sejanus.
5. Some Justice Rome, 19-20 CE. Tiberius rules Rome with help from Sejanus. When Claudius's popular brother, Germanicus, dies under mysterious circumstances, the Roman people protest. A trial in the Senate is rigged to clear the emperor's name.
6. Queen of Heaven Rome, 23-29 CE. Tiberius lives only for his perverted pleasures. Sejanus forces Claudius to marry his sister, solidifying his alliance with the imperial family. Livia, confesses her crimes to Claudius and reveals a prophecy that he will be emperor.
7. Reign of Terror Rome, 30-31 CE. Sejanus has destroyed nearly all his enemies. Even Tiberius, living on Capri, is in danger. When he receives a warning letter, he wonders how to stop Sejanus. Caligula makes a suggestion, and the streets of Rome run red with blood.
8. Zeus, by Jove! Rome, 37-38 CE. On his deathbed, Tiberius names Caligula heir. Caligula promises bread and circuses, and a new age of prosperity seems hopeful. Then Caligula falls into a coma, awakens, and proclaims himself a god. He fears his unborn son by his sister.
9. Hail Who? Rome, 40-41 CE. Now totally mad, Caligula has turned the palace into a brothel, with gambling and orgies. His uncle Claudius serves as doorkeeper. Conspirators plot to assassinate Caligula. Later, as soldiers loot the palace, Claudius hides.
10. Fool's Luck Rome, 41-43 CE. Under Claudius's rule, the empire's finances are improving. His wife, Messalina bears him two children and urges him to make an alliance with Silanus, governor of Spain. An old friend warns him to trust no one.
11. A God in Colchester Rome, 47-48 CE. While Claudius is away invading Britain, Messalina challenges a leading prostitute to a tournament of sex. She wins, scandalizing Rome, but Claudius remains in the dark. Soon after, Claudius learns that the British have made him a god.
12. Old King Log Rome, 54 CE. Claudius marries Agrippinilla, mother of Nero and the deadliest woman in Rome. A prophecy has told him that Nero will be Rome's next ruler. Claudius knowingly seals his fate and that of his own son by naming Nero his heir.
|Starring||Derek Jacobi, Siân Phillips|
|Supporting actors||Brian Blessed, George Baker, Ian Ogilvy, Frances White, Margaret Tyzack, John Paul, Christopher Guard, Angela Morant, Sheila Ruskin, Carleton Hobbs, Michael Hawkins, Renu Setna, Freda Dowie, Guy Siner, David Davenport, Roger Bizley, Amanda Kirby, Russell Lewis|
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|Format||Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)|
This wasn't my cup of tea at all. First of all it seemed to have been made many years ago, and as a result it was dull and the acting not sufficient for my tastes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Suzanne Schumacher
One of the best mini series ever. With a who's who of actors notably John Hurt as a despicable Caligula. An absolute gem !Published 3 months ago by Alfredo R. Cerritos
One of the best series I've watched in a long time. Derek Jacobi is the highlight and now am two episodes deep in Cadfael.Published 4 months ago by Emily A Mulvey
It was wonderful when I saw it back in 1977. I recently ran across this treasure again. I watched out of curiosity to see if I would like it as much now as I did then. Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. D. Cook
Derek Jacobis performance is flawless. This series should be required of every student of Roman history, withe understanding,of course, that it is a drama and is meant for an... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michele Scott
The historical content is eye opening as well as rich. The acting is above any critique.There are moments of comedy that are numerous, well placed and hilarious I especially love... Read morePublished 4 months ago by bigearl52
I thoroughly enjoyed this series, with the possible exception of Brian Blessed as Augustus - he just didn't work for me. Not enough cold cunning. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Hutchinson
I, Claudius is just as exciting to watch as it was nearly 40 years ago. So many great performances in one program! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patrice Haith
This is a classic. The acting is superb; the plot would be hard to believe except that it is all based on historical fact, and the setting is as authentic Rome as we can imagine. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ken Paigen