I watched this as a kid and it was hypnotic. It turns out it still is but now I can see a lot more relevance of this story to today's events than ever before. Politics and human behavior didn't change much over the centuries-tools ,methods and speed did. 2000 years of Christianity unfortunately didn't do much ether for those at the top.
Derek Jacobi is fantastic actor no matter who he plays.I'm glad to see him again as Claudius.
Five stars for acting and writing, one star for hideous makeup. Some truly fine performances are marred by the constant wonder -- is the face putty going to hold? And, of course, it's typical old-style BBC sound quality, which is to say - not too good. But you can't fault the amazing all-star cast.
I saw it on Public Tv many years ago. I missed bits and pieces back then - so happy to now have a chance to revisit the production at my own pace. My first introduction to Derek Jacobi (what a great actor) . I have enjoyed him in other productions, when he's part of the cast you can't go wrong.
The combination of terror and comedy is classic. No other television drama can hold a candle to this epic production in acting, costuming, sets or screenplay. I've been a fan for years, ever since the television showing. Murder most thrilling, it never fails to enthrall. I find it a very faithful rendering of the book. No words of mine can do it justice.
Divine pleasure! One of the best examples of theatre, and it is preserved on film to enjoy again in the future! Vivid realism presenting the period history, poetic beauty of well written and spoken language, breath-taking acting just to name a few points.
The special features are wonderful: a good piece of documentary well put together. Definitely a bonus.