Chelmsford 123. Image shows from L to R: Aulus Paulinus (Jimmy Mulville), Badvoc (Rory McGrath). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Chelmsford 123

Channel 4 sitcom set amidst the Roman occupation. 13 episodes (2 series), 1988 - 1990. Stars Rory McGrath, Jimmy Mulville, Philip Pope, Howard Lew Lewis and others.

Chelmsford 123. Image shows from L to R: Functio (Robert Austin), Mungo (Neil Pearson), Aulus Paulinus (Jimmy Mulville), Blag (Howard Lew Lewis), Badvoc (Rory McGrath), Grasientus (Philip Pope). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Chelmsford 123

In the year 123 AD and Aulinus Paulinus finds himself appointed new governor of Britannia - to a somewhat mixed reception from the locals

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1988 - 1990
Channel
Channel 4
Episodes
13   (2 series)
Starring
Rory McGrath, Jimmy Mulville, Philip Pope, Howard Lew Lewis, Neil Pearson, Erika Hoffman, Robert Austin and Geoffrey McGivern
Writers
Rory McGrath and Jimmy Mulville
Directors
Vic Finch and John Stroud
Producers
Denise O'Donoghue and Adrian Bate

It is the year 123 AD, and after accidentally insulting Emperor Caesar's girlfriend Portia, Aulus Paulinus finds himself expelled from the comforts of Rome to a wet, cold island in the far corner of the Empire - Britannia. Potentially even worse, his snivelling brother-in-law Grasientus is sent as his second-in-command.

Based in Chelmsford, Aulus knows little - and understands less - of the peoples he has been sent to control, and so regularly finds himself at odds with (and more often than not, outwitted by) the local Celtic tribal leader, Badvoc.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 9th March 1988 on Channel 4 at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 20th February 1990 on Channel 4 at 10pm
Last repeat
Sunday 19th August 2012 at 2:20am

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