Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The 21 greatest TV adaptations

One title (#5) on the Telegraph's list of the 21 greatest television adaptations of novels:
I, Claudius (1976, BBC)

Some may see this adaptation of Robert Graves’s novels about Imperial Rome as Dynasty in togas, but that is to undervalue its clever excavation of power politics as well as its emotional intelligence, represented by the great Derek Jacobi in the role of Claudius, a failed intellectual who has greatness thrust upon him.
Read about the other entries on the list.

I, Claudius also appears on the Telegraph's list of the twenty best British and Irish novels of all time, Daisy Goodwin's list of six favorite historical fiction books, a list of the eleven best political books of all time, David Chase's six favorite books list, Andrew Miller's top ten list of historical novels, Mark Malloch-Brown's list of his six favorite novels of empire, Annabel Lyon's top ten list of books on the ancient world, Lindsey Davis' top ten list of Roman books, and John Mullan's lists of ten of the best emperors in literature and ten of the best poisonings in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue