“I, Claudius” Podcast

 
Kurt Halfyard and Nat Almirall don their togas, raise their wine cups, and ogle the dancing girls to bring you this special microcast on the classic 1976 television series I, Claudius. Travel back to Ancient Rome and witness the tumultuous lives of the Caesars — the billowing reign of the great Augustus; the stark perversities of Tiberius; the wanton cruelty of Caligula; and the trials of Claudius.

The series is regarded as one of the finest television has ever produced, and, nearly forty years after airing, remains as influential and innovative, shocking and witty as ever. Countless shows such as “Game of Thrones” owe it a massive debt, as do the many actors whose careers it either launched or propelled, among them Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Patrick Stewart, John Rhys-Davies, Brian Blessed, Sian Phillips, and many more.

All twelve episodes are available now for streaming (see table of contents below) or in the RowThree podcast feed to send to whatever listening device you prefer:

 

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Sean Kelly
Guest

The problem with releasing a podcast “Netflix-style” is when you open the Podcast app and 12 episodes begin downloading at once.

I only have so much space on my phone! 😛

Andrew James
Admin
Sean Kelly
Guest

Alas, I have an iPhone

Andrew James
Admin

I won’t start that debate again. But all 12 episodes and the images combined are less than 1/2 GB, so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal.

devolutionary
Guest

Being an Android stooge, I have limited knowledge of the Apple podcast ecosystem. However I have heard that the Podcast app is rather basic and limited. Have you considered paid alternatives which have featured support for queue management and download limits?
Downcast ($3.49), Pocket Casts ($1.99) [– good interface, though no auto-downloader or smart-playlists], guess InstaCast got shut down this year — too bad.

Kurt
Guest

Are we the first podcast to drop a ‘whole season’ in one go (what I call ‘netflix style’), instead of churning content out on a weekly/biweekly/monthly basis?

devolutionary
Guest

You guys are usually ahead of your time (for better or worse).

Sean Kelly
Guest

Also, that feature image is very NSFW, if I say so myself.

Nat Almirall
Guest

Indeed it is!

Matt Brown
Admin

Row Three: Not Safe For Work.

Kurt
Guest

🙂

(I dunno, in 2015 onward, the public internet is no longer safe for work…)

devolutionary
Guest

Yeah, those proboscises (or is it proboscides?) look quite phallic. 😉

Nat Almirall
Guest

Heroically, I decided against giving Kurt and myself nipples.

And the plural is “proboscises.” 🙂

Matt Brown
Admin

Lovely, ambitious idea for a podcast – and a delivery strategy! Looking forward to it.

Rick Vance
Guest

I should probably get off my ass and watch that show considering I do very much enjoy Rome and the Hardcore History I have listened to of that period.

Kurt
Guest

You will not be disappointed. With our without our little commentaries, the show stands MAGNIFICENTLY on its own! But please, do, indulge our love-rambles, too.

Nat Almirall
Guest

There’s a whole heap to love — and after listening to all 12, there are, of course, some things I wish I would have mentioned or gone into more explicit detail, these are more for my own edification, but, if you’re interested (shut up, of course you are): 1) The reason the treasury is full after Tiberius’s reign is because of the treason trials — the show mentions them both, but I don’t think it makes a solid connection between the two; if you were found guilty and executed of treason, the state would confiscate your property — unless you committed suicide beforehand, in which case your family could keep your property. 2) The opening dialogue between the Greek orator and the guard outlines one of the major themes of the entire series: Claudius is writing his history because the historical record, the Rome everyone will remember, is not what it truly was, and the series will spend the next several hours revealing the truth — of course the dialogue says that (and much more) in far fewer and far more eloquent lines. 3) Caligula’s big moment with Drusilla is a private performance — he even has appropriate costuming, and it beats Birdman to the punch by nearly 40 years (and does so far more gruesomely) in the idea of theatrical “ultra-realism” — Birdman won best picture, but its climax ain’t got nothing on I, Claudius. 4. I say that JR-D’s speech is full of subtlety, what I wished I had said is that it’s a speech that’s entirely subtext — you can turn the sound off and still get what he’s saying — but at least we got “meta-mor-pho-sis.”

Kurt
Guest

Thanks for the feedback so far, guys!

Just to tease: In NOVEMBER (With a hopeful X-mas drop), Nat & I will be attempting the WTF mind-flippery of THE PRISONER in this very format.

Rick Vance
Guest

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