I, Claudius (1976)
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A Touch of Murder 

In 54 AD, elderly and lame from birth Emperor Claudius is writing his biography and the history of his family. He recalls an encounter with the Sibyl, who recognizes him from his stutter ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Wise

Writers:

Robert Graves (novels), Jack Pulman (screenplay)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Claudius
Siân Phillips ... Livia
Brian Blessed ... Augustus
George Baker ... Tiberius
Ian Ogilvy ... Drusus
Frances White Frances White ... Julia
Margaret Tyzack ... Antonia
John Paul John Paul ... Agrippa
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Marcellus
Angela Morant ... Octavia
Sheila Ruskin Sheila Ruskin ... Vipsania
Carleton Hobbs Carleton Hobbs ... Aristarchus
Michael Hawkins Michael Hawkins ... Rufus
Renu Setna ... Musa
Freda Dowie ... The Sybil
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In 54 AD, elderly and lame from birth Emperor Claudius is writing his biography and the history of his family. He recalls an encounter with the Sibyl, who recognizes him from his stutter and tells him that his account will be famous in 1900 years time. Back in Rome in 24 BC, Emperor Augustus is celebrating the anniversary of the battle of Actium, when he and his friend Agrippa defeated Antony and Cleopatra. However, now Augustus is tipping his young nephew Marcellus as his heir. This displeases the emperor's wife, the formidable Livia, who wants the succession to pass to her son from her first marriage, Tiberius, even though Tiberius believes that Augustus dislikes him. Agrippa is also annoyed and leaves Rome. When Marcellus falls ill Livia insists on nursing him and he dies soon after, as she has clearly poisoned him. This provokes a riot among the citizens but it is quelled by the return of Agrippa, who calms the crowd down. A grateful Augustus gives Julia, Marcellus's widow to ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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20 September 1976 (UK) See more »

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This episode takes place from 24 to 18 BC. See more »

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When Drusis is dying, the soldier tell Tiberius that Drusis has "gangrene". Gangrene was not discovered and named until 1883 by a French Physician. See more »

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Claudius: I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus... this, that and the other...
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