Up Pompeii. Image shows from L to R: Ammonia (Barbara Murray), Lurcio (Frankie Howerd), Ludicrus Sextus (Michael Hordern). Copyright: Associated London Films Limited.

Up Pompeii

1971 British comedy film spin-off about a Roman slave. Stars Frankie Howerd, Patrick Cargill, Bill Fraser, Michael Hordern, Barbara Murray and others.

Up Pompeii. Image shows from L to R: Scrubba (Adrienne Posta), Lurcio (Frankie Howerd). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL.

Up Pompeii

Classic British farce in which Roman slave Lurcio unwittingly gains possession of a list of people who are conspiring to bring down the Emperor Nero

Talbot Rothwell
Frankie Howerd, Patrick Cargill, Bill Fraser, Michael Hordern, Barbara Murray, Lance Percival, Adrienne Posta, Bernard Bresslaw and others
Sid Colin
Bob Kellett
Ned Sherrin

After a chance encounter in the market, slave Lurcio is sucked into a webb of deceit and intrigue as Prosperus Maximus and a band of followers plot to assassinate Emperor Nero.

When he unwittingly becomes holder of a list of their names, the would-be assassins resolve to dispatch both him and his master, Ludicrus Sextus. The plotters, however, reckon without the smarts and hapless luck of the slave, and miscalculate the effect of his master's honesty.

Soon Lurcio is under the employ of Nero himself, who is well aware of the plot - but he's not all he seems, and the gods are none best pleased at the Pompeii inhabitants' actions...

Production Details

Part of

The Up Pompeii! Family

UK certificate
90 minutes
Release date
Tuesday 9th March 1971


Production company
The title song was written by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikely, with all other music composed and conducted by Carl Davis.
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Sunday 31st December 2017 at 7:20am on ITV3

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