The BEST Episodes of I, Claudius

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2020

Network: BBC Two

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.

Old King Log

#1 - Old King Log

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 6, 1976

Claudius remarries and makes his new step-son Nero his heir. His attempts to restore the Republic fail, but his scandalous written history survives.

star 8.80
65 votes
Directors: Herbert Wise
Writers: Jack Pullman
A God in Colchester

#2 - A God in Colchester

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 29, 1976

Messalina's behaviour becomes ever more outrageous and it seems that Claudius is the only one who is unaware of this.

star 8.64
67 votes
Directors: Herbert Wise
Writers: Jack Pullman
Poison Is Queen

#3 - Poison Is Queen

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 11, 1976

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.

star 8.55
73 votes
Directors: Herbert Wise
Writers: Jack Pullman
Queen of Heaven

#4 - Queen of Heaven

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 25, 1976

As Tiberius's chief advisor, Sejanus rules Rome with an iron hand, moving himself toward the throne. Meanwhile, an aged Livia asks to meet with Claudius.

star 8.52
69 votes
Directors: Herbert Wise
Writers: Jack Pullman
Reign of Terror

#5 - Reign of Terror

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 1, 1976

Livilla's passion for Sejanus brings his Reign of Terror to a horrific climax.

star 8.51
71 votes
Directors: Herbert Wise
Writers: Jack Pullman
Fool's Luck

#6 - Fool's Luck

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 22, 1976

Claudius has been appointed Emperor by the Praetorian Guard. He quickly proves himself capable of handling the role. But danger lurks in his own household.

star 8.46
69 votes
Directors: Herbert Wise
Writers: Jack Pullman
Hail Who?

#7 - Hail Who?

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 15, 1976

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?

star 8.41
74 votes
Directors: Herbert Wise
Writers: Jack Pullman
What Shall We Do About Claudius?

#8 - What Shall We Do About Claudius?

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 1976

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.

star 8.33
86 votes
Directors: Herbert Wise
Writers: Jack Pullman
Zeus, By Jove!

#9 - Zeus, By Jove!

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 8, 1976

Caligula takes over as Emperor. At first he is hailed as a savior. But eventually the monster is revealed.

star 8.22
73 votes
Directors: Herbert Wise
Writers: Jack Pullman
Some Justice

#10 - Some Justice

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 18, 1976

Tiberius, aided by Sejanus, is proving to be a harsh ruler with only Germanicus able to keep him under control. However, whilst he is in Syria Germannicus is mysteriously poisoned.

star 7.95
44 votes
A Touch of Murder

#11 - A Touch of Murder

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 20, 1976

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.

star 7.88
121 votes
Directors: Herbert Wise
Writers: Jack Pullman
Waiting in the Wings

#12 - Waiting in the Wings

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 1976

Livia enlists Claudius' sister Lucilla to discredit Postumus. Now a young adult, Claudius is advised to play up his foolish appearance to protect himself.

star 7.80
93 votes
Directors: Herbert Wise
Writers: Jack Pullman