I, Claudius

Season 1 Episode 11

Fool's Luck

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Aired Unknown Nov 22, 1976 on BBC Two
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Claudius has been appointed Emperor by the Praetorian Guard. He quickly proves himself capable of handling the role. But danger lurks in his own household.

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      • {To Messalina}
        Appius Silanus: I won't deny it. I'm of an amorous disposition, I have been all my life. But I wouldn't touch you, lady, for all your beauty, with a ten foot pole!

      • Herod: Listen Claudius, let me give you a piece of advice.
        Claudius: (laughing) Oh, I thought you were finished with advice!
        Herod: (deadly serious) Trust no one, my friend. No one. Not your most grateful freedman, not your most intimate friend, not your dearest child, not the wife of your bosom. Trust no one.
        Claudius: (seeing Herod with new eyes) No one? Not even you?

      • {Emperor Claudius meets with the Senate for the first time.}
        Marcus: Nevertheless, it is against the constitution for anyone but the Senate to appoint an Emperor.
        Claudius: It is also against the constitution to murder one! But if you hadn't done so, Marcus, we shouldn't be in this absurd position!
        Senator: You're 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.
        Senator: There are those who say you can not hear properly, you can not speak properly and you've got no experience of government.
        Claudius: And that I am besides half-witted. Senators, it is true I'm hard of hearing. But you will find it's not from want of listening. As for speaking, again it's true, I have an impedement. But isn't what a man says more important than how l-l-l-long he takes to say it? It's true again, I have little experience of government. But then have you more? I at least have lived with the Imperial family who have ruled this Empire ever since you so spinelessly handed it over to us! I've observed it working more closely than any of you. Is your experience better than that? As for being half-witted, well, what can I say? Except that I have survived to middle age with half my wits while thousands have died with all of theirs intact! Evidently, quality of wits is more important than quantity. Senators, I shall do nothing unconstitutional. I shall appear at the next session of the Senate where you may confirm me in my position or not as you wish. But if it pleases you not to, explain your reasons to them! {Points at the Praetorians.} Not to me.

      • Gratus: There's a chap here who claims to be the King of Bashan.
        Claudius: Claims to be or is?
        Gratus: Well I don't know. I didn't know there was a place called Bashan, let alone a king of it.

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      • Events from the beginning of this episode forward come not from Robert Graves' I, Claudius but from the sequel Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina. Omitted from the television program, for obvious reasons, is a large segment of the book detailing the life of Herod Agrippa.

      • This episode takes place between 41 - 43 A.D., in the early years of the reign of Claudius.

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