Derek Jacobi to Star in BBC's "I, Claudius" Radio Serial

News   Derek Jacobi to Star in BBC's "I, Claudius" Radio Serial Tony and Emmy Award winner Derek Jacobi, who became an international star when he appeared as the future Roman emperor of the title in the 1976 miniseries "I, Claudius," will return to that turf for a BBC Radio 4 serial, according to the New York Times.

In this radio remake of the miniseries (both were adapted from Robert Graves' historical novels), Jacobi will play the emperor Augustus (portrayed by Brian Blessed in the original miniseries). Tom Goodman-Hill will take on the title role. The series will begin airing on British radio in November. An American air date has not been set.

Jacobi won a Tony Award for Much Ado About Nothing, Emmys for a guest appearance on "Frasier" and the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" movie "The Tenth Man," and a BAFTA Award for "I, Claudius." A founding member of London's Royal National Theatre, he will star in King Lear for the Donmar Warehouse this fall. He has also appeared on Broadway in Uncle Vanya, Breaking the Code, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Suicide.  His many screen credits include "Gosford Park," "Gladiator," "Hamlet," "Dead Again" and "Henry V."

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