I, Claudius

BBC Two (ended 1976)



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I, Claudius

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Welcome to the 'I, Claudius' guide at TV. com. This is the story about the emperors of Rome, from Augustus down to Nero (the last Claudian emperor of Rome), told by Claudius, an unlikely emperor. The show originally aired back in 1976, by BBC Television. The cast contains of a couple of Britains finest Shakespeare actors, including Derek Jacobi in the title role. A real classic.

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    • BBC production! Best show ever made; Set new standards of quality on TV; An amazing cast with perfect writing - what more can one ask?

      I guess I was one of the very first people to buy the 1991 VHS edition of 'I, Claudius' when the BBC decided to (finally!) sell it to the public. I quickly added the DVD edition in 2000, as soon as it was available (in USA, not UK!),

      and I am, off course, the proud owner of the 2 novels written by Robert Graves 'I, Claudius' & 'Claudius the God' on which the TV show is based upon.

      By all means, this TV show is the most captivating, extremely well acted and juicy as ever you are going to see on your TV screens - even in today's standards.

      It deals with most human attributes: Love, hate, murder, intrigue, incest, power, politics, hereditary monarchy and it goes on; Truly the 'bible of TV' as I call it.

      I am still surprised to find people who did not see it, nor even heard of it! Shocking! ;-)

      If anyone reads this review and haven't watched it - please, run to your nearest Blockbuster or other shop, get it, and watch it - it's a must for all those who appreciate good TV.moreless
    • My first foray into "culture".

      I just happened to find this on our PBS station, although I've learned this originally aired on the BBC. I had to be in my early teens when I first saw it, and for something like this to hold my interest other than The Dukes of Hazzard (or some other show like that) had to be good. And it was. An outstanding dramatic interpretation of not only the story of Claudius, but basically starting from Augustus to Claudius' reign. When I saw the series in later years, I almost had a coronary when I realized that was Patrick Stewart (with hair!). I'd definitely watch it again.moreless
    • Great PBS production!

      I loved the min-series where it first aired originally before my time in the 1970's and glad that it re-aired

      When it was brought back in the early 1990's. The cast

      Both supporting and lead were very good along with great

      Writing. Derek Jacobi carries the role very good and it is

      A shame he doesn't get much work these days you know!
    • Great, just great!

      A series for the ages. Brilliantly written and acted.

      The story is absolutely genius. The detail that has put in the characters and their background is just marvelous.

      The story of Claudius. Claudius, the cripple. Claudius, the stutterer. The one, who out lived them all.

      But my all-time favorite emperor is 'Caligula'...Megalomaniac, psychopath. But everybody did what he asked even if it was to fight versus Poseidon in Gaul.

      It is nice to see certain actors when they were younger. Like Patrick Stewart. It is good to see him as the baddie 'Sejanus' for once.

      All in all worth the buy. It will definitely be watched again.moreless
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      This was a good show, but I'm not inclined to contribute here any more, and there is no way to close one's account here. This was a good show, but I'm not inclined to contribute here any more, and there is no way to close one's account here. bye bye