Tenshot: I, Claudius


Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.

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10 Responses

  1. Avatar Kolohe says:

    I saw this on the shelf of my local public library, I need to get it one day.

    Have you listened to the Mike Duncan History of Rome podcast series? (and/or any or all of his Revolutions follow up series?)Report

  2. Avatar bookdragon says:

    I remember watching this with my family when it first aired on PBS. It was a great series and marked the beginning of being old enough to start geeking out over history with my Dad.Report

  3. The books are great too, especially the first one, which ends with Claudius becoming emperor. (C’mon, it’s not a spoiler.)

    HBO’s Rome is a lot of fun and can be viewed as a prequel, since it ends a bit before I, Claudius begins. It also demonstrates the difference between the BBC and HBO; the acting in I, Claudius is, as Mr. Siegel says, uniformly brilliant, while the acting in Rome is quite good but mostly the actors (especially the women) are drop-dead gorgeous.Report

  4. Avatar Aaron David says:

    The wife and I watched it about a decade ago. We both felt it held up very well, and you are right, the acting is superb.

    A slight note, most of the classic Masterpiece Theather and Mystery stuff from the ’70s and ’80s is very good. Part of that is they used excellent source material that reflects the times they were written in. None of the CGI wallpapering, nor the retconing of 21st-century morals into a story.Report

  5. Avatar CJColucci says:

    I was a huge fan of I, Claudius when it came out. (Yes, I’m that old. Hell, I knew some of the characters from real life.) I have long wanted to run across Patrick Stewart on the streets of Brooklyn, where he can sometimes be found, gape, point, and, just when he’s thinking, “Oh no, not another Trekkie asshole,” sputter out: “You’re — you’re Sejanus!”Report

  6. Avatar George Turner says:

    If you were disappointed with the ending of GoT, you will not be disappointed with the ending here.

    I’m pretty sure the “If” that starts that sentence is completely superfluous. It reads better without it.Report

  7. Avatar Richard Hershberger says:

    I cut my teeth on British television via Masterpiece Theater of this era. I grew up thinking that British television was amazingly good. Then Benny Hill started showing up (not on PBS) and I was instantly made wiser but sadder.

    I few years ago I went back and rewatched Upstairs, Downstairs for the first time in decades. It was… mixed. The acting was good. The writing was spotty, occasionally being painfully bad. The show was a well done soap opera.

    I have toyed with rewatching I, Claudius, but Upstairs, Downstairs has made me gun shy. I remember it as absolutely terrific. I would hate to learn otherwise.Report