The Best Episodes of I, Claudius
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2019
Based on Robert Graves' epic novels about the decline of Roman civilisation in the first century AD, this award-winning drama redefined the boundaries of television when it was broadcast in 1976. Jack Pulman's brilliant script conveys the unrelenting depravity during the reigns of the four Emperors who succeeded Julius Caesar: Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, and Claudius. The star-studded cast includes Derek Jacobi as Claudius, John Hurt as Caligula and Brian Blessed as Augustus.
#3 - Poison is Queen
Season 1 - Episode 4
Claudius' brother Germanicus returns to Rome a war hero. But he, tipped off by an exiled Postumus, tells an unsuspecting Augustus of the schemes against him. Augustus attempts to restore Postumus and protect himself from Livia's designs, and finds in Claudius an unexpected confidante.
#6 - Hail Who?
Season 1 - Episode 9
Caligula's behavior becomes more and more erratic. Claudius works hard to control him but a conspiracy is growing among the soldiers. How can they rid themselves of their mad Emperor? And who will replace him?
#9 - Some Justice
Season 1 - Episode 5
Tiberius, aided by Sejanus and Germanicus, becomes Emperor. However, Germanicus dies under mysterious circumstances with Tiberius ally Piso accused of the crime. Claudius' young nephew Caligula already causes concern.
#11 - Waiting in the Wings
Season 1 - Episode 2
Child Claudius, stammering and appearing foolish, is an embarrassment to his family, but is fated to rule. Tiberius, in exile for mistreating his well connected but unfaithful wife Julia, is recalled to Rome to be co-heir with Augustus' grandson Postumus.
#12 - A Touch of Murder
Season 1 - Episode 1
Augustus Caesar is at the height of his power. He favors Marcellus but his wife Livia schemes to have her son Tiberius succeed him. Grandson Claudius, narrator and future Emperor and historian, is born.