Derek Jacobi starred in this imaginative memoir of an ancient Roman Emperor, but evil was the real star of the show. A cup of poisoned wine and a serpent with a fatal bite were two of the tools of betrayal, and Chwast arranged them atop an ingenious portrait of Claudius constructed as a crumbling mosaic.
Instead of exploring the period aspects of this literary classic, Chermayeff's design takes an utterly modern tack, playing up the romance angle. The thigh-high image of a lady's white stocking superimposed on the photo of a riding boot against a scarlet background manages to suggest a delicious situation in a decorous manner that would surely bring a smile to Jane Austen's face. This multi-part performance was part of the Drawing Room Intrigue series and originally aired on October 26, 1980.
Printed in 1977, it was put out by Mobil to advertise the 16-week television series showcasing American Diplomatic History from Versailles to Pearl Harbor. Hosted by Eric Sevareid, a distinguished front-line radio reporter and political commentator for CBS, this was a remarkable series. The design is simple but brilliant, starting with the flattened WWI doughboy helmet, followed by Churchill's homburg, and then finally the deep, inverted bowl-shape of WWII.
In the English-village mysteries popularized by Agatha Christie everyone is so cozy and the roses bloom so prettily that one almost neglects to notice the specter of mayhem. Alcorn announces a Mystery! series of these murderous romances and criminal comedies with the image of a sweet young thing in a frame resembling fine Haviland china.