Up Pompeii!. Lurcio (Frankie Howerd). Copyright: BBC / London Weekend Television.

Up Pompeii! (1969)

BBC One and ITV sitcom following a slave in Ancient Pompeii. 16 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 1969 - 1991. Stars Frankie Howerd, Max Adrian, Wallas Eaton, Elizabeth Larner and others.

Up Pompeii!. Image shows from L to R: Ludicrus Sextus (Wallas Eaton), Lurcio (Frankie Howerd), Ammonia (Elizabeth Larner). Copyright: BBC / London Weekend Television.

Up Pompeii!

Frankie Howerd starrs as Lurcio, a Roman slave in Pompeii, serving senator Ludicrus Sextus and his family

1969 - 1991
16   (1 pilot + 2 series), plus 1 short special
Frankie Howerd, Max Adrian, Wallas Eaton, Elizabeth Larner, Kerry Gardner, Jeanne Mockford, Georgina Moon, William Rushton and others
Talbot Rothwell and Sid Colin
David Croft and Sydney Lotterby
David Croft and Sydney Lotterby

Lurcio - the inimitable Frankie Howerd - is a much-put-upon slave in the ancient Roman town of Pompeii.

More often than not, Lurcio finds himself keeping his owner's family members apart, in order to keep them together: a wet, wimpy son; a wife with a rather impressive bosom; a naïve daughter; and Ludicrus Sextus himself, a lecherous and lustful but terribly lazy Senator.

There's also Senna the Soothsayer, constantly forseeing doom and woe in Lurcio's path. Will he ever be allowed to complete the Prologue?

Production Details

Part of

The Up Pompeii! Family

Production companies
Also known as
  • Up Pompeii (Other official name)
  • Further Up Pompeii! (Other official name)
  • Further Up Pompeii (Other official name)
Theme tune composed by Alan Braden.
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 17th September 1969 on BBC One at 9:10pm
Last new broadcast
Saturday 14th December 1991 on ITV at 7:50pm

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