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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 a senator, Ludicrus Sextus, and Ammonia, his impressively-chested wife

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1969 - 1991
Channels
BBC One, ITV
Episodes
16   (1 pilot + 2 series)
Starring
Frankie Howerd, Max Adrian, Wallas Eaton, Elizabeth Larner, Kerry Gardner, Jeanne Mockford, Georgina Moon, William Rushton and others
Writers
Talbot Rothwell and Sid Colin
Directors
David Croft and Sydney Lotterby
Producers
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?

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