A five-part miniseries chronicling the rise of Christianity amid the grandeur---and decadence---of 1st century Rome. In Part 1, Tiberius (James Mason) becomes embroiled in political intrigue; and, in Judea, dissension spreads among the Jews over the legitimacy of Jesus as the Messiah. Peter: Denis Quilley. Sejanus: Ian McShane. Nerva: Jack Warden. Caleb: Cecil Humphreys. Antonia: Colleen Dewhurst.