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Journey Back in Time to Ancient Rome with 'I, Claudius' May 6 at 9 PM

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)

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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.

 

 

ABOUT
KCET

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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