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.
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.
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!
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
I Claudius, a production of the BBC consists of 13 one-hour episodes beginning prior to Claudius' birth and continue through to his death. It is Rome through the imperial families when Augustus reigned; his wife Livia, her sons Drusus and Tiberius, Antoni
This remains one of the most entertaining series created for televsion. It set a standard that the new "Rome" does not even approach. I think it is more brutal and sexier then "Rome" and yet it does not show as much nudity or blood. From episode to episode the complexity of characters is captivating. You truly mourn the passing of each character no matter who brutal, ambitous and vile they actualy were. The acting is extraordinary. The characters are actors dreams and they a completely brought to life by this ensemble cast. The black box falls away and time stands still as you devour each moment of viewing.
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