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I, Claudius

Season 1
8.9197613+
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES. An epic tale of ambition, debauchery, and intrigue, this Emmy®-winning series spans the history of the Roman Empire.
Starring
Derek JacobiSian PhillipsBrian Blessed
Genres
DramaHistorical
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. A Touch of Murder
    September 20, 1976
    1 h 37 min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Rome, 24-9 BCE. Nearing the end of his life and surrounded by spies, Claudius, emperor of Rome, writes his family history. It begins during the reign of Augustus, with his treacherous grandmother, Livia, scheming to advance the career of her son, Tiberius.
  2. 2. Waiting in the Wings
    September 27, 1976
    50min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Rome, 3-5 CE. With Tiberius in exile, it seems that Livia has lost-but everyone Augustus chooses to succeed him dies inexplicably. Livia forces the emperor to face the truth about his wanton daughter. An omen hints that Claudius-a dull, awkward child with a stutter and a limp-might be more than he appears to be.
  3. 3. What Shall We Do About Claudius?
    October 4, 1976
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Rome, 9 CE. When Livia hears that Tiberius has a new rival, Julia's son Postumus, she quickly moves against him. Before he is banished, Postumus tells Claudius all he knows about Livia. Claudius is advised to keep playing the fool to ensure his safety; he weds in a marriage arranged by Livia.
  4. 4. Poison Is Queen
    October 11, 1976
    51min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Rome, 13-14 CE. After decades of deception, Augustus learns of Livia's plots and writes a new will naming Postumus his heir. Soon after Livia visits the keepers of the emperor's will, Augustus suffers severe stomach pains. She then sends in Sejanus.
  5. 5. Some Justice
    October 18, 1976
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Rome, 19-20 CE. Tiberius rules Rome with help from Sejanus. When Claudius's popular brother, Germanicus, dies under mysterious circumstances, the Roman people protest. A trial in the Senate is rigged to clear the emperor's name.
  6. 6. Queen of Heaven
    October 25, 1976
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Rome, 23-29 CE. Tiberius lives only for his perverted pleasures, encouraged by the monstrous young Caligula. Sejanus forces Claudius to marry his sister, solidifying his alliance with the imperial family. Livia, knowing that death is near, confesses her crimes to Claudius and reveals a prophecy claiming that he will be emperor one day.
  7. 7. Reign of Terror
    November 1, 1976
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Rome, 30-31 CE. Sejanus has destroyed nearly all his enemies. Even Tiberius, living on Capri, is in danger. When he receives a warning letter, he wonders how to stop Sejanus. Caligula makes a suggestion, and the streets of Rome run red with blood.
  8. 8. Zeus, by Jove!
    November 8, 1976
    51min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Rome, 37-38 CE. On his deathbed, Tiberius names Caligula heir. Caligula promises bread and circuses, and a new age of prosperity seems hopeful. Then Caligula falls into a coma, awakens, and proclaims himself a god. He fears his unborn son by his sister.
  9. 9. Hail Who?
    November 15, 1976
    54min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Rome, 40-41 CE. Now totally mad, Caligula has turned the palace into a brothel, complete with gambling and orgies. His lame old uncle Claudius serves as doorkeeper. With the empire in financial ruin, conspirators plot an assassination. Later, as soldiers loot the palace, Claudius hides behind a curtain.
  10. 10. Fool's Luck
    November 22, 1976
    52min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Rome, 41-43 CE. Under Claudius's rule, the empire's finances are improving. His beautiful wife, Messalina-a marriage arranged by Caligula-bears him two children and urges him to make an alliance with Silanus, governor of Spain. A valued old friend warns Claudius to trust no one.
  11. 11. A God in Colchester
    November 29, 1976
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Rome, 47-48 CE. While Claudius is away invading Britain, Messalina challenges a leading prostitute to a tournament of sex. She wins, scandalizing Rome, but Claudius remains in the dark. Soon after, Claudius learns that the British have made him a god.
  12. 12. Old King Log
    December 6, 1976
    53min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Rome, 54 CE. Claudius marries Agrippinilla, mother of Nero and the deadliest woman in Rome. A prophecy has told him that Nero will be Rome's next ruler. Claudius knowingly seals his fate and that of his own son by naming Nero his heir. He finishes his book and buries a copy to be found centuries later.

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Directors
Herbert Wise
Producers
London Films
Network
Acorn TV
Amazon Maturity Rating
13+ Teens. Learn more
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul language
Supporting actors
George BakerMargaret TyzackJohn HurtPatrick StewartJames Faulkner