I said at the time, "I can't believe they're showing this on TV." So many great stars in this mini-series. I went around for weeks imitating Derek Jacobi's stutter. I also thought that his strategy for surviving was something to learn from.
The thinking man's soap opera: a gloriously satiric serial containing some of the most relishable and delicious moments of high drama and low comedy (bed fellows both) ever committed to film (or rather video given its multi-camera format, here superbly modulated with that crackle of live performance missing from much modern television). The archest of raised historical eyebrows.
Brilliant. A compelling mini-series about the early days of Imperial Rome, told from the perspective of Claudius, a disabled intellectual who rises to become the accidental emperor of Rome and then has to maneuver through a sea of intrigue to survive. An excellent cast of Shakespearian theater veterans brings these characters to life.