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Rome is traditionally imagined as the home of emperors and senators, generals and gladiators, a dignified theatre of pomp and ceremony. But what about the little guys, the wasters – new to the big city, stuck in office jobs, unable to get the girls? Plebs follows three desperate young men from the suburbs as they try to get laid, hold down jobs and climb the social ladder in the big city – a city that happens to be Ancient Rome. The series stars Friday Night Dinner's Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry (White Van Man) and Ryan Sampson (After You’ve Gone) as the three young men – Marcus, Stylax and their lazy slave with an attitude problem, Grumio.

Starring:
Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Starring Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry, Ryan Sampson
Director Sam Leifer
Genres Comedy
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 29 May 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Starring Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry, Ryan Sampson
Director Sam Leifer
Genres Comedy
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 29 May 2013
Main languages English

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Guy Mannering VINE VOICE on 24 April 2013
Format: DVD
This sitcom, set in Ancient Rome, is clearly aimed at a youngish audience rather than middle-aged fogies like me. I sit through most modern TV comedies with a stoney face but I like all things Roman so I thought I'd give this one a whirl. Well, mirabile dictu, as the Romans used to say, Plebs made me chuckle and even got a few good laughs out of me, especially when cockney gladiator Danny Dyer parted company with his head in the arena (nothing personal Danny, it was just gruesomely funny.) I guess you could describe the series as a kind of Inbetweeners in tunics and togas and the level of humour is rather similar veering between schoolboy lewdness and something rather more sophisticated. The comic star of the show is undoubtedly Ryan Sampson, effortlessly funny as the gormless and totally useless slave Grumio with his hangdog face, pudding basin haircut and deadpan delivery ("Go on, then, try and sell me " he says to his exasperated owner, "no one will buy me.") Grumio's attempt to eat the newly introduced pineapple also got a laugh out of me - "It's not bad, that" he says, crunching into one of the spikey leaves. But all of the regular characters are smartly cast and sharply etched, and it was good to see Yootha Joyce's old partner from George and Mildred making a guest appearance as a bolshie old army veteran, and likewise comedy stalwart Janine Duvitski as a demented old crone spouting apocalyptic nonsense.

The series serves up a clever mix of the authentic and the anachronistic and each episode zips along at a brisk pace with many scenes lasting barely seconds.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kim on 1 Sep 2013
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It's original, always good-natured and very funny. The cast fit their roles perfectly, and Grumio is somehow adorable, even with his deadpan face, awful accent and terrible haircut! No-one would buy him? I would!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By oldbillie on 25 April 2013
Format: DVD
What a loveable sitcom! I started watching it with the lowest of expectations when I was bored one evening, but it had me hooked within a single episode. This is obviously a show created by hugely talented people.

The five central characters are wonderful. They are:

Marcus: A clever, nervy office clerk who has absolutely zero success with women.

Stylax: His colleague and room-mate. Less cultured than Marcus (his job involves ripping up sheets of paper) he is laid-back, charming, and very much a lady's man.

Grumio: Marcus's lazy, stupid slave. Probably a distant ancestor of Baldrick.

Cynthia: The British girl who moves in next door. An aspiring actress, she's friendly, naive, self-centred, and exceedingly pretty.

Metella: Her sarcastic slave, wider in the girth than her mistress and rather more astute.

There's such a lot to praise here. The writing is sharp. The plots are solid. The actors are excellent. It's fast-paced. And the sets deserve a special mention. In sitcom terms they are truly epic. (One episode includes a gladiatorial arena, complete with spectators.) Even the secondary characters are brilliant comic creations.

The tone is spot-on. Like all the best sitcoms, Plebs maintains a festive, light-hearted atmosphere. It may be mean to its characters, but it is never mean-spirited. No matter what indignities are heaped upon the heads of Marcus, Stylax and Grumio, you feel that Rome in 27BC would be quite a fun place to hang out in anyway.

"The Inbetweeners in Ancient Rome" is how people are describing it, but I'd say that's only semi-accurate.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Buckle on 23 April 2013
Format: DVD
Enjoyable Roman comedy, most of the jokes perhaps are from the period as well. Slow starter but overall a very watchable first season. Good cast, good laughs, totally daft, realistic set. Hope there will be a second series (and that they bring back George (of George and Mildred)). Certainly the best thing on ITV2 for a while.

The DVD was pretty decent as well with a very enjoyable behind the scenes documentary, some good outtakes, scenery designs and also a plebs quiz. Quite a nice selection of bonus items. A pity they didn't include the pilot episode (I assume, didn't see that in the listings)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john thornton on 7 Mar 2014
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One of the funniest things I've seen for many years and couldn't wait until the night it was on tele each week, when I bought the Bluray I watched all 6 episodes in one night again.....amazing fun
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Parker on 11 Dec 2013
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Imagine Up Pompeii meets Men Behaving Badly and you get a fair flavour of what this is about.Some outstanding characters(step forward Grumio,Landlord & Flavia) well supported by the rest of a strong cast.Some unlikely situations,but very well written and hugely enjoyable;also featuring excellent cameos from Bryan Murphy,Alex MacQueen and others.All in all,lots of funny things on the way to The Forum!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Thompson on 21 Nov 2013
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Loved this when it was on T.V. now we can watch it over and over a really funny series. Fast service all good.
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