Plebs. Image shows from L to R: Jason (Jon Pointing), Grumio (Ryan Sampson), Marcus (Tom Rosenthal). Copyright: RISE Films


  • TV sitcom
  • ITV2 / ITVX
  • 2013 - 2022
  • 39 episodes (5 series)

Modern comedy set in Ancient rome, following a trio of very normal blokes who certainly won't make the history books. Stars Tom Rosenthal, Ryan Sampson, Jon Pointing, Tom Basden, Ellie Taylor and more.

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Series 3, Episode 1 - The Beasts

Plebs. Image shows from L to R: Delphine (Bella Dayne), Maya (Laura Elsworthy). Copyright: RISE Films
The boys are desperate for tickets to one of the 'Beast shows' at the Games. Marcus meets Delphine, a fiery activist from Gaul, whom he hopes will become his 'Gaul-friend'. Grumio clashes with Landlady, their missing Landlord's formidable mother.

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Broadcast details

Monday 4th April 2016
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 6th April 2016 10:00pm ITV2
Friday 8th April 2016 1:10am ITV2
Wednesday 8th February 2017 10:00pm ITV2
Friday 1st December 2017 12:30am ITV2
Wednesday 6th December 2017 1:30am ITV2
Tuesday 13th February 2018 1:00am ITV2
Tuesday 17th July 2018 12:55am ITV2
Wednesday 20th May 2020 10:00pm ITV2
Thursday 25th February 2021 10:00pm ITV2
Sunday 28th February 2021 1:40am ITV2
Tuesday 21st September 2021 10:00pm ITV2
Monday 27th September 2021 12:55am ITV2
Tuesday 1st March 2022 10:00pm ITV2
Sunday 6th March 2022 2:10am ITV2
Tuesday 2nd August 2022 10:00pm ITV2
Wednesday 11th January 2023 1:30am ITV2
Wednesday 3rd January 2024 10:00pm ITV2

Cast & crew

Tom Rosenthal Marcus
Ryan Sampson Grumio
Tom Basden Aurelius
Karl Theobald Landlord
Tom Davis Davus
Maureen Lipman Landlady
Joel Fry Stylax
Doon Mackichan Flavia
Bella Dayne Delphine
Guest cast
Lolly Adefope Atilla
Geoffrey McGivern (as Geoff McGivern) Simeon
Laura Elsworthy Maya
Simon Greenall Announcer
Writing team
Sam Leifer Writer
Tom Basden Writer
Production team
Sam Leifer Director
Teddy Leifer Producer
Caroline Leddy Executive Producer
Sam Leifer Executive Producer
Nick Ames Editor
Julian Fullalove Production Designer
Steve Clark (as Steve 'Sparky' Clark) Production Designer
Oli Julian (as Oliver Julian) Composer


The Beasts tickets

The boys try to get some tickets...

Featuring: Tom Rosenthal (Marcus), Joel Fry (Stylax), Ryan Sampson (Grumio) & Lolly Adefope (Atilla).


Outrage as Plebs uses circus lion for gags

Animal rights campaigners have erupted with outrage after Plebs used a circus lion for one of its shows.

The Daily Express, 6th April 2016

Plebs is back: sharply written, funny & filthy as ever

Series three of the ITV2 comedy sees Marcus, Stylax and Grumio on the wrong end of a lion, while guest stars Maureen Lipman and Michelle Keegan shine.

Paul Jones, Radio Times, 4th April 2016

The plebs are back for a well-deserved third series, and Marcus, Stylax and Grumio are hoping to get tickets for the hugely popular "beast games" at the Colosseum. Instead, they find themselves embroiled with a group of animal rights activists, led by a fiery Gaul called Delphine, whose main form of protest appears to be the use of tomatoes. Understandably, Marcus is soon infatuated. The dim-witted Grumio unwisely crosses Landlady, their new landlady, played by the magnificent Maureen Lipman.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 4th April 2016

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