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I, Claudius Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

13 Episodes 1976 - 1976

A 13-part series based on Robert Graves' novels, centering on the historian Claudius and how, in an unlikely and violent chain of events, he came to rule the Roman Empire.

Episode 1

A Touch of Murder

Mon, Sep 20, 1976 48 mins

A 13-part series, based on Robert Graves' novels, chronicling how the despised historian Claudius (10 B.C.-A.D. 54) came to rule the Roman Empire. Part 1 covers the reign of Claudius's grandparents: the emperor Augustus (Brian Blessed) and his scheming wife Livia. Claudius: Derek Jacobi. Agrippa: John Paul. Marcellus: Christopher Guard. Julia: Frances White.

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Episode 2

Family Affairs

Mon, Sep 20, 1976 51 mins

Part 2. Tiberius, hoping to succeed Augustus, marries the emperor's daughter (Frances White). Tiberius: George Baker. Augustus: Brian Blessed. Livia: Sian Phillips. Drusus: Ian Ogilvy. Claudius: Derek Jacobi. Antonia: Margaret Tyzack. Vipsania: Sheila Ruskin. Rufus: Michael Hawkins.

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Episode 3

Waiting in the Wings

Mon, Sep 27, 1976 48 mins

Part 3. One of Julia's lovers becomes a spy for Livia (Sian Phillips), who seeks proof of infidelity. Julia: Frances White. Augustus: Brian Blessed. Tiberius: George Baker. Claudius as a Boy: Ashley Knight. Plautius: Darien Angadi. Lucius: Simon MacCorkindale. Praxis: Alan Thompson. Herod: Michael Clements. Older Claudius: Derek Jacobi.

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Episode 4

What Shall We Do About Claudius?

Mon, Oct 4, 1976 50 mins

Part 4. The indiscreet affair of Postumus, the heir apparent, enhances Tiberius's chances of succeeding Augustus (Brian Blessed). Livia: Sian Phillips. Livilla: Patricia Quinn. Claudius: Derek Jacobi. Tiberius: George Baker. Herod: James Faulkner. Antonia: Margaret Tyzack. Germanicus: David Robb. Livy: Denis Carey.

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Episode 5

Poison Is Queen

Mon, Oct 11, 1976 50 mins

Part 5. Augustus (Brian Blessed) learns of Livia's treachery---and becomes her next target. Livia: Sian Phillips. Claudius: Derek Jacobi. Germanicus: David Robb. Tiberius: George Baker. Postumus: John Castle. Livilla: Patricia Quinn. Sejanus: Patrick Stewart. Fabius: Jonathan Burn.

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Episode 6

Some Justice

Sat, Oct 16, 1976 50 mins

Part 6. Tiberius (George Baker) is the judge at the trial of the accused poisoners of rival Germanicus. Claudius: Derek Jacobi. Piso: Stratford Johns. Plancina: Irene Hamilton. Livia: Sian Phillips. Agrippina: Fiona Walker.

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Episode 7

Queen of Heaven

Mon, Oct 25, 1976 54 mins

Part 7. While Livia regrets having put her son Tiberius on the throne, his lieutenant and grandson (Patrick Stewart, John Hurt) scheme to succeed him. Claudius: Derek Jacobi. Tiberius: George Baker. Castor: Kevin McNally. Livilla: Patricia Quinn. Agrippina: Fiona Walker. Herod: James Faulkner.

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Episode 8

Reign of Terror

Mon, Nov 1, 1976 50 mins

Part 8. Tiberius (George Baker) forbids Sejanus to marry Livilla and thus become his heir. Claudius: Derek Jacobi. Antonia: Margaret Tyzack. Caligula: John Hurt. Agrippina: Fiona Walker. Apicata: Kate Lansbury. Aelia: Liane Aukin.

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Episode 9

Zeus, by Jove

Mon, Nov 15, 1976 49 mins

Part 9. Caligula (John Hurt) ascends the throne---and proclaims himself a god. Claudius: Derek Jacobi. Drusilla: Beth Morris. Antonia: Margaret Tyzack. Herod: James Faulkner.

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Episode 10

Hail Who?

Mon, Nov 15, 1976 52 mins

In Part 10, Caligula (John Hurt) forces noblewomen to staff a royal brothel and makes Claudius the doorkeeper. Calpurnia: Jo Rowbottom. Caesonia: Freda Dowie. Cassius: Sam Dastor. Messalina: Sheila White. Marcus: Norman Eshley.

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Episode 11

Fool's Luck

Mon, Nov 22, 1976 51 mins

Part 11. Claudius (Derek Jacobi) proves a shrewd emperor, but an imperceptive husband. Messalina: Sheila White. Silanus: Lyndon Brook. Herod: James Faulkner. Domitia: Moira Redmond. Gratus: Bernard Hill. Rufrius: Geoffrey Hinsliff. Narcissus: John Cater. Pallas: Bernard Hepton. Cassius: Sam Dastor.

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Episode 12

A God in Colchester

Mon, Nov 29, 1976 49 mins

Part 12 follows the sexual escapades of Messalina (Sheila White). Claudius: Derek Jacobi. Pallas: Bernard Hepton. Mnester: Nicholas Amer. Silius: Stuart Wilson. Narcissus: John Cater. Scylla: Charlotte Howard. Domitia: Moira Redmond. Calpurnia: Jo Rowbottom. Justus: George Innes.

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Episode 13

Old King Log

Mon, Dec 6, 1976 52 mins

Conclusion. Weary of rule, Claudius (Derek Jacobi) marries his niece and makes her son Nero his heir. Pallas: Bernard Hepton. Narcissus: John Cater. Britannicus: Graham Seed. Octavia: Cheryl Johnson. Plautius: Roger Bizley.

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