This is the BBC at its very best. This Roman costume drama is a biographical production of the life of the Emperor Claudius. It follows his beginnings from the time Octavian became Emperor after defeating Marc Antony at Actium through the horrors of the mad Caligula to the eventual crowning of Claudius as Roman emperor. Along the way are the political intrigues and murders of Roman leaders and politicians. Although based on Rupert Graves novel, the historical events are accurate.