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 5, Episode 4 - The Grumbrella

Plebs. Image shows from L to R: Marcus (Tom Rosenthal), Severus (Phil Davis). Copyright: RISE Films
There's a heatwave in Rome and Marcus has invested in an exciting new gimmick for the bar - ice. Grumio develops an innovation of his own in the form of a hat-parasol hybrid, which attracts the attention of wealthy entrepreneur Severus. Jason and Aurelius both join male escort agency the Knights of Eros.

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Broadcast details

Monday 14th October 2019
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 17th October 2019 12:15am ITV2
Monday 21st October 2019 1:10am ITV2
Tuesday 31st March 2020 10:30pm ITV2
Saturday 4th April 2020 3:05am ITV2
Tuesday 7th April 2020 2:20am ITV2
Wednesday 5th May 2021 10:30pm ITV2
Sunday 9th May 2021 2:05am ITV2
Tuesday 30th November 2021 10:30pm ITV2
Monday 6th December 2021 3:00am ITV2
Tuesday 3rd May 2022 10:30pm ITV2
Sunday 8th May 2022 1:10am ITV2
Thursday 17th November 2022 10:30pm ITV2
Tuesday 2nd May 2023 10:30pm ITV2
Saturday 6th May 2023 1:45am ITV2
Tuesday 29th August 2023 10:30pm ITV2
Sunday 3rd September 2023 2:35am ITV2

Cast & crew

Tom Rosenthal Marcus
Ryan Sampson Grumio
Jon Pointing (as Jonathan Pointing) Jason
Tom Basden Aurelius
Ellie Taylor Gloria
Karl Theobald Landlord
Maureen Lipman Landlady
Guest cast
Fenella Woolgar Jocasta
Phil Davis Severus
Christopher Biggins Zeno
Writing team
Sam Leifer Writer
Tom Basden Writer
Production team
Sam Leifer Director
Teddy Leifer Producer
Caroline Leddy Executive Producer
Sam Leifer Executive Producer
Tom Basden Associate Producer
Rupert Bray Line Producer
Dan Robinson Editor
Julian Fullalove Production Designer
Mariana Stanisheva Casting Director
Catherine Willis Casting Director
Irina Kotcheva Costume Designer
Andrew Rodger Director of Photography
Christine Cant Make-up Designer
Oli Julian (as Oliver Julian) Composer
Nick Foster Composer
Jonathan Farmer 1st Assistant Director


The Candy Boys

Jason and Aurelius both join a male escort agency, the Knights of Eros, but after being unsuccessful they join forces and start up their own, becoming 'The Candy Boys'.

Featuring: Tom Rosenthal (Marcus), Ryan Sampson (Grumio), Jonathan Pointing (Jason), Tom Basden (Aurelius), Fenella Woolgar (Jocasta) & Christopher Biggins (Zeno).

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