TV Mini-Series | Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History
The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.
Brian Blessed originally auditioned for the role of Tiberius, but was eventually persuaded to play Augustus instead. He recounted Herbert Wise's saying "be as you are, full of flannel", and that he should always play Augustus as an ordinary person, because the reactions of those around him would make him the Emperor.
Aren't people awful?
In the miniseries, Julia's son Gaius dies of a mysterious illness before she is banished, and Lucius dies after being wounded in battle. Historically, Lucius died of a mysterious illness before Gaius died in battle, and both died before Julia was banished.
The show aired in 13 episodes on PBS in 1977, but was originally shown in 12 episodes in England, the first and second episodes having been combined. This is the version now available in the remastered edition on DVD.
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