I, Claudius (1976)
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AD 54: Claudius feels that Rome should return to be a Republic but nonetheless marries his niece Agripinilla and makes her son Nero co-heir with his own, teen-aged son Britannicus. Aware of... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Wise

Writers:

Robert Graves (novels), Jack Pulman (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Claudius
Bernard Hepton ... Pallas
John Cater ... Narcissus
Barbara Young ... Agrippinilla
Christopher Biggins ... Nero
Graham Seed ... Britannicus
Peter Bowles ... Caractacus
George Howe George Howe ... Senator
Roger Bizley Roger Bizley ... Plautius
Freda Dowie ... The Sybil
Cheryl Johnson Cheryl Johnson ... Octavia
John Drake John Drake ... Consul
Siân Phillips ... Livia
Margaret Tyzack ... Antonia
Brian Blessed ... Augustus
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AD 54: Claudius feels that Rome should return to be a Republic but nonetheless marries his niece Agripinilla and makes her son Nero co-heir with his own, teen-aged son Britannicus. Aware of a prophecy that Nero will indeed become sole emperor Claudius encourages Britannicus to flee abroad and then return to restore the Republic but the boy refuses and he is killed by Nero. Claudius resignedly allows himself to be poisoned by his wife and dies. Nero and Agripinilla look for his will but find only his chronicle which they burn. However Claudius and the Sibyl have the last laugh as he has made a copy, which he has buried to be found long after his death. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1976 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The final installment contains a pun on Jack Pulman, the screenwriter, and Robert Graves, author of the "Claudius" novels. Before his vision in the Senate, where he sees the ghosts of his past, Claudius mysteriously declares "The man who dwells by the pool, shall open graves, and the dead will live again." See more »

Quotes

[on his last day before the Senate, Claudius sees the ghosts of his family and predecessors]
Augustus: Well done, Claudius, emperor after all. Who would have thought it, eh?
Livia: You're a fool, boy, you always were. People might say it's not your fault. Well, if it's not your fault, whose is it then?
Antonia: Your nose is still dripping, Claudius, still dripping.
Tiberius: Wasn't worth it, was it? I could have told you that.
Caligula: Uncle Claudius, I wasn't the Messiah after all, would you believe that? Could have knocked me over with a...
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Featured in Talking About Regeneration (2009) See more »

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