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 6 - The Dig

Plebs. Daedalus Greco (Tony Robinson). Copyright: RISE Films
The boys begin an archaeological dig in their bar after Grumio unearths an old brooch while sitting on the toilet. They try to keep their activity a secret but others cotton on and when a professor of archaeology goes missing, the boys are brought in for questioning as they paid him a recent visit. Guest starring Tony Robinson.

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Broadcast details

Monday 28th October 2019
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 31st October 2019 12:15am ITV2
Monday 4th November 2019 12:15am ITV2
Tuesday 7th April 2020 10:30pm ITV2
Saturday 11th April 2020 2:45am ITV2
Tuesday 14th April 2020 2:50am ITV2
Wednesday 12th May 2021 10:30pm ITV2
Sunday 16th May 2021 2:00am ITV2
Tuesday 7th December 2021 10:30pm ITV2
Monday 13th December 2021 3:00am ITV2
Tuesday 10th May 2022 10:30pm ITV2
Thursday 24th November 2022 10:30pm ITV2
Tuesday 9th May 2023 10:30pm ITV2
Tuesday 5th September 2023 10:30pm ITV2
Sunday 10th September 2023 1:40am 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
Tony Robinson Daedalus Greco
Nadine Marshall Attica Mars
Georgi Ivanov Pliny
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
Nick Ames 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


Grumio finds an ancient treasure and gets in trouble with the law

The guys are at the police station being questioned for a missing person case. Grumio reveals how he found an ancient brooch and later met the man the police are searching for.

Featuring: Tom Rosenthal (Marcus), Ryan Sampson (Grumio), Jonathan Pointing (Jason), Tony Robinson (Daedalus Greco) & Nadine Marshall (Attica Mars).

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