Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry, Ryan Sampson to star in new ITV2 comedy ‘Plebs’

by Lisa McGarry

ITV2 is about to bring on the laughs with the arrival of PLEBS – a brand new scripted comedy for the channel.

PLEBS will be a thoroughly modern comedy with an ancient setting. The series will follow three desperate young men from the suburbs as they try to get laid, hold down jobs and climb the social ladder in the big city – a city that just happens to be Ancient Rome!

The series stars Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner), Joel Fry (White Van Man, Trollied) and Ryan Sampson (Work Experience, After You’ve Gone) as the three young men – Marcus, Stylax and their lazy slave with a major attitude problem, Grumio.

Doon Mackichan (Smack The Pony) also stars, as the boys’ ruthless boss, Flavia – an expert manipulator with a private life that’s the stuff of legend.

A sexy newcomer called Cynthia played by Sophie Colquhoun (The Inbetweeners Movie, Switch) soon joins the boys as she moves into the flat next door along with her sarcastic slave Metella played by Lydia Rose Bewley (The Inbetweeners Movie).

Rome is traditionally imagined as the home of emperors and senators, generals and gladiators, a dignified theatre of pomp and ceremony. But what about the little guys, the wasters – new to the big city, stuck in office jobs, unable to get the girls?

Unlikely to be immortalized in the annals or memorialized in a frieze, Marcus, Stylax and Grumio are essentially just a bunch of Plebs. And whether they’re wearing togas, or skinny jeans, desperate young men in any period of history are essentially cut from the same cloth.

All the way from Ancient Rome, writers Sam & Teddy Leifer said “We’re fighting gladiators and going to orgies. How could we not enjoy ourselves when everyday is a toga party?”.

“Plebs is an exquisitely written and brilliantly performed comedy. We are thrilled to join the gang in Ancient Rome and do as the Romans do.” says Comedy Commissioning Editor Myfanwy Moore.

“Plebs is one of those very rare shows that makes commissioning decisions easy. The superb cast, the stellar writing and meticulous attention to historical detail are all part of the joy of this thoroughly modern comedy.” says Angela Jain, ITV’s Controller of Digital Channels and Acquisitions.