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

Kevin Wicks founded'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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