I, Claudius (BBC radio adaption)

In late 2010 and early 2011, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a radio adaptation of Rober Graves’ two novels I, Claudius and Claudius the God. The broadcast was a part BBC Radio 4’s Classical Serial strand; a strand in which English-language literature classics are adapted into multi-episode radio dramas where each episode is one hour long. Each episode is broadcast twice; first at 3-4 pm on Sunday and then a second time at 9-10 pm the following Saturday.

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I, Claudius and Claudius the God were adapted into a total of six episodes by Robin Brooks, and the episodes were broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 28 November 2010 and 2 January 2011.

The production was directed by Jonquil Panting, and Tom Goodman Hill did the role of Claudius. Derek Jacobi – who played Claudius in BBC’s highly aclaimed 1976 TV-series I, Claudius – returned for the radio adaption, but this time playing the role of Augustus.


Music for the radio series was composed by the British-Australian composer David Pickvance.


Episode title First broadcast
1 Augustus 28 November, 2010
2 Tiberius 5 December, 2010
3 Sejanus 12 December, 2010
4 Caligula 19 December, 2010
5 Claudius 26 December, 2010
6 Messalina 2 January, 2011


The radio series was released as a BBC Audiobook on 6 January, 2011.

It received a 2012 Audie Award in the category Audio Dramatization. The Audie Award is an annual award given out in 29 different categories by the not-for-profit Audio Publishers Association. Both audiobooks and other types of spoken-word entertainment are eligible, provided that they sold in the United States.



  • Tom Goodman-Hill as Claudius
  • Derek Jacobi as Augustus
  • Harriet Walter as Livia
  • Tim McInnerny as Tiberius
  • Samuel Barnett as Caligula


Others (in alphabetic order)

Adeel Akhtar as Euodus
Alison Pettitt as Julia
Christine Kavanagh as Antonia
Claire Harry as Agrippinilla (Agrippina the Younger)
Harvey Allpress as Young Claudius
Hattie Morahan as Agrippina the Elder
Henry Devas as Postumus/Callistus
Iain Batchelor as Soldier
Jessica Raine as Messalina
Jude Akuwudike as Cato/Cassius Chaerea/Plautius/Burrhus
Robin Soans as Narcissus
Ryan Watson as Britannicus
Sally Orrock as Calpurnia
Sam Dale as Athenodorus/Sejanus/Tacitus
Sean Baker as Thrasyllus/Pomponius/Cremutius/Asiaticus
Tony Bell as Macro/Frontinus
Trevor Peacock as Pollio
Zubin Varla as Herod Agrippa