Readers Have Their Say: The 10 Greatest British TV Dramas of All-Time

9. I, Claudius (1976)

I, Claudius may not have had the production values of the BBC/HBO co-production Rome. (Just check out the austere sets in the above clips.) But the 1976 12-part miniseries, charting the rise of a stammering Roman emperor, managed to be just as dishy and enjoyable with fewer funds. Most deserving of praise is the obscenely talented cast, led by a virtuosic Derek Jacobi, fully believable throughout the title character’s life; Siân Phillips, deliciously vicious as the lethal Livia, Claudius’s grandma; and John Hurt, leaving toothmarks on the scenery as Caligula. (Own it on DVD.)

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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