Tiberius summons Caligula and his cousin Gemellus to Capri, declaring them his joint successors. Soon afterwards Tiberius is smothered by Macro, on the orders of Caligula, and his death is hailed joyfully by the citizens of Rome, unaware that worse is to come. Caligula, clearly unstable, sinks into a coma and on recovering, in addition to having Gemellus executed for trying to poison him, declares that he is the god Zeus and marries his sister Drusilla, declaring her a deity also. When Drusilla falls pregnant by him he cuts open her belly and eats the unborn child to prevent him having greater powers than himself as Zeus once allegedly did. Antonia, sickened by his depravity, kills herself.
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The shockingly gory ending to this edition (seen through the open doorway) was edited from the master tape following the first transmission and is consequently no longer known to be in existence. See more
When Caligula handcuffs his sister, one of the cuffs opens back up. See more
[Macro enters holding Gemellus's severed head
I've cured his cough!
During the scene where Caligula cuts the unborn baby from Drusilla's womb a brief shot was filmed showing the bloody fetus. The episode had already been re-edited twice before, and a third time on the day it was to go out. The shot was still included in the initial BBC showing on the 8th and the rerun two days later, but edited out of the master copy afterwards. Therefore, once the studio tapes with the raw footage had been wiped, the shot was lost: The BBC no longer had a copy of it (although it's possible someone recorded the original cut of the episode at home on one the two occasions it aired in November 1976). From 1977 onwards, all repeats and releases showed only Claudius looking, and the footage of what he saw was no longer there. See more