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.
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|