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Masterpiece Theatre; I, Claudius: Zeus, By Jove


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Masterpiece Theatre
I, Claudius: Zeus, By Jove
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Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

This episode takes place in 37 AD - Tiberius is on his deathbed. Macro listens for a heartbeat and, removing the Imperial ring to give to Caligula, pronounces him dead. As Caligula is announcing the death, a slave bursts in. "He's alive again!", he cries. Macro goes to check, lifts Tiberius into bed and smothers him with the pillow. At first, Caligula appears to be a great Emperor. But, he's spending the money in Treasury like there's no tomorrow. He selects Claudius to be Consul with him. That's a surprise to everyone, but Caligula says not to worry, he'll do all the thinking. A huge migraine comes over him and he collapses on the floor. When he recovers, Caligula thinks that he has become a god along with Drusilla, who has become a goddess. In the Temple of Jove, Caligula 'talks' to Jove and Hera, insulting them as inferior and Drusilla reveals that she's pregnant.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; I, Claudius: Zeus, By Jove,” 11/17/1990, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed July 6, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C8D7878942A84F7C8B8C4D1D2BC92EAB.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; I, Claudius: Zeus, By Jove.” 11/17/1990. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. July 6, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C8D7878942A84F7C8B8C4D1D2BC92EAB>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; I, Claudius: Zeus, By Jove. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C8D7878942A84F7C8B8C4D1D2BC92EAB
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