The Caesars (TV series)

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The Caesars
The Caesars DVD release.
Genre Drama
Written by Philip Mackie
Directed by Derek Bennett
Starring Freddie Jones
Caroline Blakiston
William Corderoy
André Morell
Composer(s) Derek Hilton
Country of origin UK
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Producer(s) Philip Mackie
Running time 55 minutes
Production company(s) Granada Television
Original network ITV
Picture format Black-and-white 405-line 4:3
Audio format Mono
Original release 22 September – 27 October 1968

The Caesars is a British television series produced by Granada Television for the ITV network in 1968. Made in black-and-white and written and produced by Philip Mackie, it covered similar dramatic territory to the later BBC adaptation of I, Claudius, dealing with the lives of the early emperors of Ancient Rome, but differed in its less sensationalist depictions of historical characters and their motives, in particular the Emperor Tiberius is portrayed much more sympathetically.

Major cast[edit]

The major cast included:

Episode list[edit]

All six episodes were written by Philip Mackie and directed by Derek Bennett.

Episode # Title Original airdate
1 "Augustus" 22 September 1968 (1968-09-22)
2 "Germanicus" 29 September 1968 (1968-09-29)
3 "Tiberius" 6 October 1968 (1968-10-06)
4 "Sejanus" 13 October 1968 (1968-10-13)
5 "Caligula" 20 October 1968 (1968-10-20)
6 "Claudius" 27 October 1968 (1968-10-27)

Connections to I, Claudius[edit]

The Caesars features several actors who later appeared in I, Claudius. Kevin Stoney played the astrologer Thrasyllus of Mendes in both productions. Donald Eccles (Nerva) played Gaius Asinius Pollio in I, Claudius and John Paul (Cassius Chaerea) went on to portray Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa in the later production.

DVD release[edit]

The Caesars was released on DVD (Region 2, UK) by Network in April 2006.

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