Herbert Wise

Herbert Wise

Highest Rated: 100% The Woman in Black (1989)

Lowest Rated: 100% The Woman in Black (1989)

Birthday: Aug 31, 1924

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

A prominent force in British television, director Herbert Wise's enduring work remains the epic BBC miniseries "I, Claudius." Based on a pair of novels by Robert Graves, the series covered a 30-year span of treachery, murder, and lasciviousness in ancient Rome. It starred Derek Jacobi as Claudius, who narrated the pantheon of power struggles over 13 episodes (all directed by Wise). Airing in 1976 in Britain, the program was an unprecedented success among both critics and the viewing public. Part of the attraction was undoubtedly due to the program's graphic nature. Nudity, violence, and saturnalia were incumbent upon the historical scenes it depicted -- most infamously Caligula (John Hurt) killing his pregnant sister/wife, and eating her fetus. In 1977 "I, Claudius" aired on PBS in America where Wise's engrossing storytelling, applied to a broad historical canvas, was again applauded. Wise earned an Emmy nomination for his directing. Born Herbert Weisz in Vienna in 1924, Wise first began directing for television in the 1950s after working in the theater. Later programs of note include "The Norman Conquests," adapted from the trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn; the Emmy-nominated courtroom drama "Skokie"; and "Breaking the Code," a biopic of mathematician Alan Turing which reteamed the director with Jacobi.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inspector Morse: Twilight of the Gods Director - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daughters of Cain Director - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Strawberry Tree Director - 1993
No Score Yet 83% Breaking the Code Director - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Speaker of Mandarin Director - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Christmas Tree Director - 1990
100% 77% The Woman in Black Director - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ghost in the Machine Director - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Interlude Director - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Welcome Home, Bobby Director - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Reunion at Fairborough Director - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pope John Paul II Director - 1984
No Score Yet 33% Skokie Director - 1981
No Score Yet 93% The Gathering Storm Director - 1974
No Score Yet 80% The Lovers Director - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Have and to Hold Director - 1963

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 96% The 10th Kingdom Director 2000
No Score Yet 100% Inspector Morse Director 1989 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Director 1981-1982
100% 92% I, Claudius Director 1976
No Score Yet 100% Upstairs, Downstairs Director 1972