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1 :01x01 - A Touch of Murder

Sep/20/1976
Aged Roman emperor Claudius begins writing his memoirs. They begin during the reign of Emperor Augustus and his devious wife, Empress Livia, the grandmother of our hero.
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Jack Pulman

2 :01x02 - Family Affairs

Sep/20/1976
Evil Livia continues to spin her web in order to insure that her son Tiberius succeeds Augustus as Emperor of Rome.
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Jack Pulman

3 :01x03 - Waiting in the Wings

Sep/27/1976
Livia is determined to see her exiled son, Tiberius, succeed Augustus as emperor and uses blackmail and murder to end his banishment. Tiberius finally returns to Rome as heir to the throne but must wait on Augustus to die. Livia, however, is tired of waiting.
Guest Stars: Brian Blessed as Augustus | Michael Clements as Herod | Esmond Knight as Domitius | Kevin Stoney as Thrasylius | Alan Thompson as Praxis | Diana Hutchinson as Agrippina | Gary Lock as Germanicus | Alister Kerr as Postumus | Roy Stewart (1) as Senator | Katherine Levy as Livilla | Kevin McNally as Castor | Ashley Knight as Young Claudius | George Baker (1) as Tiberius | Frances White as Julia | Margaret Tyzack as Antonia | Siân Phillips as Livia | John Burgess as Julia's Lover | Nicholas Willatt as Courier | Simon MacCorkindale as Lucius | Darien Angadi as Plautius
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Jack Pulman

4 :01x04 - What Shall We Do About Claudius?

Oct/04/1976
Livia gets rid of one last rival to Tiberius's path to the throne, Postumus-the son of Augustus' daughter, Julia. Postumus reveals the depths of Livia's depravity to her stammering and lame grandson, Claudius. Claudius has been pretending to be a half-wit in order to survive the various intrigues at court.
Guest Stars: Guy Slater as Courier | Vivien Clifford as Wife of Postumus | John Truscott as Librarian | Norman Shelley as Horace | Donald Eccles as Polio | Denis Carey as Livy | Alan Thompson as Praxis | Jennifer Croxton as Bride | John Castle as Postumus | David Robb as Germanicus | Patricia Quinn as Livilla | George Baker (1) as Tiberius | Brian Blessed as Augustus | Margaret Tyzack as Antonia | Siân Phillips as Livia | Kevin McNally as Castor | James Faulkner as Herod Agrippa | Fiona Walker as Agrippina
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Jack Pulman

5 :01x05 - Poison is Queen

Oct/11/1976
Livia's crimes are revealed to Augustus who writes a new will naming Postumus not Tiberius as his heir. Livia then slowly poisons her husband and upon his death substitues a will naming Tiberius heir to the throne.
Guest Stars: David Robb as Germanicus | John Castle as Postumus | Carol Gillies as Camilla | Jonathan Burn (1) as Fabius | James Bree as Montanus | Graham Rowe as Junius | Siân Phillips as Livia | Patricia Quinn as Livilla | Brian Blessed as Augustus | Peter Harwood as Assassin | Michael Segal as Quaestor | Alan Thompson as Praxis | John Evitts as Meno | Patrick Stewart as Sejanus | George Baker (1) as Tiberius
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Jack Pulman

6 :01x06 - Some Justice

Oct/18/1976
Tiberius is Emperor but the murder of the popular Germanicus (brother of Claudius) leads to a confrontation between his supporters and those of Aggrippina.
Guest Stars: Souad Faress as Slave | Norman Ettlinger as Senator | Ronald Markham as Slave | John Scott Martin as Slave | Roy Purcell as Vitellius | Patsy Byrne as Martina | George Pravda as Gershon | Robert Morgan (2) as Young Caligula | David Robb as Germanicus | Fiona Walker as Agrippina | Patrick Stewart as Sejanus | George Baker (1) as Tiberius | Stratford Johns as Piso | Margaret Tyzack as Antonia | Siân Phillips as Livia | Kevin McNally as Castor | James Faulkner as Herod Agrippa | Irene Hamilton as Plancina
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Jack Pulman

7 :01x07 - Queen of Heaven

Oct/25/1976
Tiring of being emperor, Tiberius withdraws into a life of perverted hedonism on the Isle of Capri. His sadistic henchman, Sejanus, controls things in Rome for him. Meanwhile, the aging Livia regrets putting her son on the throne and reveals all to grandson Claudius whom she predicts will become emperor someday. Livia then makes Claudius promise to make her a goddess upon his ascension to the throne so that she won't have to spend eternity in Hades for her crimes.
Guest Stars: Kevin Stoney as Thrasyllus | Neil Dickson as Guard | Aubrey Richards as Varro | William Bond as Usher | Edward Jewesbury as Titus | Karin Foley as Helen | Isabel Dean (1) as Lolia | Peter Williams (2) as Silius Caecina | Michael Stock as Guard | Margaret Tyzack as Antonia | Patrick Stewart as Sejanus | George Baker (1) as Tiberius | Fiona Walker as Agrippina | James Faulkner as Herod Agrippa | Kevin McNally as Castor | Patricia Quinn as Livilla | John Hurt as Caligula | Siân Phillips as Livia
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Jack Pulman

8 :01x08 - Reign of Terror

Nov/01/1976
Tiberius, ever paranoid, begins a purge of his enemies in Rome including Sejanus. He then names young Caligula as his heir not because of merit but because he knows that Caligula is a monster who will make him look good by comparison.
Guest Stars: Kevin Stoney as Thrasyllus | Liane Aukin (1) as Aelia | Jeremy Wallis as Bystander | Alfonso De Lieto as Junius | Michael Segal as Quaestor | John Beardmore as Slave | Katherine Hughes as Arria | John Franklyn-Robbins as Atticus | Karin Foley as Helen | Kate Lansbury as Apicata | Richard Aylen as Senator | Pat Gorman as Captain of the Guard | Charles Kay as Gallus | Patrick Stewart as Sejanus | George Baker (1) as Tiberius | Patricia Quinn as Livilla | Margaret Tyzack as Antonia | John Rhys-Davies as Macro | John Hurt as Caligula | Fiona Walker as Agrippina | Kim Begley as Guard | Richard Hunter as Drusus | Richard Lindfield as Captain of the Guard
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Jack Pulman

9 :01x09 - Zeus, by Jove!

Nov/08/1976
Tiberius dies and Caligula succeeds him as Emperor of Rome. At first the new emperor is extremely popular with the people and treated like a rock star but his true nature gradually emerges. Caligula descends into madness and declares that he is now a god. That's bad news for all the mortals living in the Roman Empire as an orgy of bloodletting begins.
Guest Stars: Anne Dyson as Briseis | Lockwood West as Senator | Arthur Whybrow as Stone Mason | Jon Laurimore as Lentulus | Alan Tucker as Slave | Douglas Melbourne as Gemellus | Beth Morris as Drusilla | John Rhys-Davies as Macro | John Hurt as Caligula | George Baker (1) as Tiberius | James Faulkner as Herod Agrippa
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Jack Pulman

10 :01x10 - Hail Who?

Nov/15/1976
Caligula's maniacal reign continues as he turns the palace into a brothel and gambling den and forces prominent ladies to staff the place. As things continue for the worse, a plot against Caligula's life emerges and he is assassinated by members of his own bodyguard who give the crown to Claudius, a witness to the assassination.
Guest Stars: Gina Manicom as Iris | Robert Bateman as Singer | Sally Bazely as Poppaea | Bernard Hill as Gratus | Norman Rossington as Sergeant | James Fagan as Asprenas | Bruce Purchase as Sabinus | Lockwood West as Senator | Anne Dyson as Briseis | Jan Carey as Diana | Stan McGowan as Young Man | John Hurt as Caligula | Sheila White as Messalina | Sam Dastor as Cassius Chaerea | Freda Dowie as Caesonia | William Bond as Usher | Norman Eshley as Marcus | Jo Rowbottom as Calpurnia | Julian Armstrong as German
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Jack Pulman

11 :01x11 - Fool's Luck

Nov/22/1976
Claudius takes the throne of Rome and soon proves himself to be an able administrator. Unfortunately, he's also married to the unfaithful Messalina who will prove to be a huge embarassment for him in the coming years.
Guest Stars: George Little as Tortius | Bernard Hill as Gratus | Geoffrey Hinsliff as Rufrius | Norman Eshley as Marcus | John Bennett as Xenophon | Lyndon Brook as Silanus | Moira Redmond as Domitia | Neal Arden as Cestius | James Fagan as Asprenas | C. Lethbridge Baker as Protector | James Faulkner as Herod Agrippa | Sam Dastor as Cassius Chaerea | John Cater as Narcissus | Bernard Hepton as Pallas | Sheila White as Messalina | Amanda Kemp as Midwife | Terry Francis (2) as Slave
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Jack Pulman

12 :01x12 - A God in Colchester

Nov/29/1976
Claudius leads the Roman Army into battle in Britain. Meanwhile, on the homefront, his nymphomaniac wife Messalina is bedding down every man she can get her hands on.
Guest Stars: Manning Wilson as Marsus Vibius | Nicholas Amer as Mnester | Stuart Wilson (2) as Sillius | Jo Rowbottom as Calpurnia | Moira Redmond as Domitia | Souad Faress as Girl | George Innes as Quintus Justus | Charlotte Howard as Scylla | Linal Haft as Geta | James Faulkner as Herod Agrippa | John Cater as Narcissus | Bernard Hepton as Pallas | Sheila White as Messalina | Danny Schiller as Slave | Glenn Cunningham (1) as Slave
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Jack Pulman

13 :01x13 - Old King Log

Dec/06/1976
Claudius is persuaded to marry Agrippinilla, a corrupt woman who covets the throne of Rome for her son, Nero. He then completes his memoirs knowing that according to prophecy Nero will succeed him and be the final Caesarian emperor of Rome.
Guest Stars: Graham Seed as Brittannicus | John Drake as Consul | Cheryl Johnson as Octavia | Freda Dowie as The Sybil | Roger Bizley as Plautius | George Howe as Senator | Margaret Tyzack as Antonia | John Hurt as Caligula | George Baker (1) as Tiberius | Siân Phillips as Livia | Brian Blessed as Augustus | Bernard Hepton as Pallas | John Cater as Narcissus | Barbara Young as Aggrippinilla | Christopher Biggins as Nero | Peter Bowles as Caractacus
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Jack Pulman
Warning: I, Claudius guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | History
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: BBC TWO ( United Kingdom)
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Premiere: September 20, 1976
Ended: December 06, 1976
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