I, Claudius (1976)
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Tiberius embarks on a series of acts of debauchery, having sex with anybody he pleases, with Caligula a willing participant. Livia is shocked and Tiberius arranges to give her a horoscope ... 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
Siân Phillips ... Livia
George Baker ... Tiberius
Margaret Tyzack ... Antonia
John Hurt ... Caligula
Patrick Stewart ... Sejanus
Isabel Dean ... Lollia
Fiona Walker ... Agrippina
Patricia Quinn ... Livilla
Kevin McNally ... Castor
James Faulkner ... Herod Agrippa
Edward Jewesbury ... Titus
Aubrey Richards Aubrey Richards ... Varro
Kevin Stoney ... Thrasyllus
Peter Williams Peter Williams ... Silius Caecina
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Tiberius embarks on a series of acts of debauchery, having sex with anybody he pleases, with Caligula a willing participant. Livia is shocked and Tiberius arranges to give her a horoscope for her birthday to suggest to her that she has not long to live. Augustus's son Castor is perturbed at the free hand given Sejanus in bringing to trial anybody Tiberius feels is opposing him but Castor's wife, Livilla, disagrees and is having an affair with Sejanus, ultimately poisoning Castor to get him out of the way. After Sejanus has forced him to marry Aelia, Sejanus's adopted sister, Claudius attends to the dying Livia, who confesses her murderous misdeeds to him and expresses her fear that they will relegate her to Hades. She tells Claudius of a prophecy that claimed he would become emperor and, before she dies, asks that when he is ruler he make her a goddess. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1976 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although now known only as Caligula he was more properly named Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. He earned the nickname Caligula as a child travelling with his father's legion in Germania. Reportedly the soldiers made him a little uniform, complete with soldierly boots known as caliga, and he soon earned the nickname Caligula meaning "little boot". It was a nickname he grew to hate as he aged and was not something any wise person used in his earshot. See more »

Quotes

Claudius: Grandmother, after all these years, you didn't invite me to dinner just to tell me this.
Livia: The wine has made you bolder.
Claudius: You said you kept in with Caligula because he is to be the next emperor.
Livia: Lost your stutter as well.
Claudius: But if by then you're dead, what difference can it make?
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