A dramatization of Robert Graves' version of the power struggles in Rome's ruling family from Augustus to Claudius, as told by the elderly Claudius as he sets down the history of his family.
Disc 1. (Episodes 1-3) A touch of murder ; Family affairs ; Waiting in the wings Disc. 2.(Episodes 4-6) What shall we do about Claudius? ; Poison is queen ; Some justice Disc 3. (Episodes 7-9) Queen of heaven ; Reign of terror ; Zeus, by Jove! Disc. 4 (Episodes 10-12) Hail who? ; Fool's luck ; A god in Colchester Disc 5 (Episode 13 & Bonus documentary) Old king log ; The epic that never was.
Derek Jacobi (Claudius), Sian Phillips (Livia), Brian Blessed (Augustus), Margaret Tyzack (Antonia), John Hurt (Caligula), George Baker (Tiberius), Patrick Stewart (Sejanus), Stratford Johns (Piso), Sheila White (Messalina).
Produced by Martin Lisemore ; directed by Herbert Wise ; written by Jack Pullman.
Based on the novels I, Claudius and Claudius the God by Robert Graves. Disc 5 includes "The Epic that never was," which is a documentary that reveals the behind the scenes story of Alexander Korda's 1937 screen flop of I, Claudius. Also includes surviving footage. Videodisc release of 1976 BBC Television series originally shown in 13 parts on Masterpiece Theatre from November 6, 1977 through January 29, 1978.