I joined Amazon UK (I'm an American) just to buy this DVD, based on the strength of IMDB reviews. Not only was I not disappointed, I've viewed this set over a half dozen times. This series is a must for all fans of Roman history, and those looking for well scripted mini-series of the "masterpiece theater" ilk. I'm sure that the black and white, rather grainy video is what has kept this fine production from the American market. Unfortunate, as the performance by Andre Morell as Tiberius is stunning. If one goes by the gossip of Suetonius, Tiberius was an evil pustule of no consequence. In truth, he was the second Caesar, and gave Rome 20 years of additional peace, perhaps ensuring the continuance of the monarchy, and had to rule in the long shadow of Augustus.
There are six episodes: Augustus, Germanicus, Tiberius, Sejanus, Caligula, and Claudius. Tiberius is the primary figure in the first five, Caligula in the last. Comparisons to I, Claudius are unavoidable, and this series preceded the eponymous Derek Jacobi work. Better than I, Claudius?? Certainly different, if not better written in some ways, and Andre Morell is mesmerizing.
[Aside to Americans or others afraid of buying the "wrong" region: The discs play on your computer no problem, or on a "region free" DVD player - take the plunge; I've been very pleased with gaining access to otherwise "lost" material