JOURNEY BACK IN TIME TO ANCIENT ROME WITH THE EPIC TELEVISION MINISERIES
I, CLAUDIUS BEGINNING MAY 6 AT 9 PM
Named one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All Time," I, Claudius is a riveting tale of ambition, debauchery, and intrigue
Starring Derek Jacobi (Kings Speech), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek) and Sian Phillips (Age of Innocence)
Burbank, CA - April 30, 2012 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, invites viewers to journey back in time to the ancient Roman Empire with the BBC's 1976 epic television miniseries, I, Claudius, beginning Sunday May 6 at 9 p.m.
Winner of three Emmys®, four BAFTAs and one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All Time," I, Claudius, is a riveting tale of ambition, debauchery, and intrigue, remaining one of the most popular and acclaimed dramas on public television. Set during one of history's most fascinating eras, the acclaimed miniseries traces the lives of the last of the Roman emperors, spanning time from Augustus to Claudius--a stuttering scholar who learns early to play the fool to stay alive.
The plot is based on Robert Graves' novels, I, Claudius and Claudius the God, and stars Derek Jacobi (The King's Speech, Cadfael); Siân Phillips (The Age of Innocence); Brian Blessed (Hamlet); and John Hurt (The Elephant Man). Patrick Stewart (Star Trek), George Baker (The Ruth Rendell Mysteries), Margaret Tyzack (Cousin Bette), and James Faulkner (The Bank Job) also star.
"We're thrilled to bring this unforgettable masterpiece to our viewers," said Bohdan Zachary, KCET's vice president, Broadcasting & Program Development. "Roman history comes alive in this magnificently crafted saga, and we hope audiences will enjoy discovering the drama inside one of the greatest stories ever told."
I, Claudius is one of several British programs offered on KCET including Doc Martin, Foyles War, Hustle, Inspector George Gently, Mi-5, New Tricks, and Rosemary and Thyme. Other distinctive programs to garner some of the station's highest ratings include BBC World News, BBC World News America and a special royal wedding coverage surrounding the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.
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