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Frankie Howerd ...
 Lurcio (14 episodes, 1969-1970)
Elizabeth Larner ...
 Ammonia (14 episodes, 1969-1970)
Kerry Gardner ...
 Nausius (14 episodes, 1969-1970)
Jeanne Mockford ...
 Senna the soothsayer (13 episodes, 1970)
Anita Richardson ...
 Roman Maiden / ... (13 episodes, 1970)
Max Adrian ...
 Sen. Ludicrus Sextus (8 episodes, 1969-1970)
Wallas Eaton ...
 Sen. Ludicrus Sextus / ... (8 episodes, 1970)
Barbara Lindley ...
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Valerie Stanton ...
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Georgina Moon ...
 Erotica (7 episodes, 1969-1970)
William Rushton ...
 Plautus (7 episodes, 1970)
Joanna Ross ...
 Roman Maiden / ... (7 episodes, 1970)
Jeannette Wild ...
 Roman Maiden / ... (7 episodes, 1970)
Penny Beeching ...
 Roman Maiden (6 episodes, 1970)
Lucienne Camille ...
 Roman Maiden (6 episodes, 1970)
Monika Dietrich ...
 Roman Maiden (6 episodes, 1970)
Jackie Leapman ...
 Roman Maiden (6 episodes, 1970)
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 Roman Maiden (6 episodes, 1970)
Sui Lin ...
 Roman Maiden / ... (6 episodes, 1970)
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The show was inspired by Frankie Howerd's performance in the original London stage production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". See more »

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The satire may be more juvenile than Juvenal, but "Up, Pompeii" remains a classic bit of English gutter subversion.
17 February 1999 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Technically: a peculiar cross between "A Funny thing happened on the Way to the Forum" & "It's That Man Again", "Up, Pompeii" is a music hall-styled satire built around the character Lurkio (Frankie Howerd). From the opening prologue - a story from classical mythology which hardly ever gets started, much less completed - to the final "Salute!", FH is hardly ever off-camera, acting, overacting &/or commenting on the plot, script, camerawork or sets... hardly anyone gets much of a lookin.

About 90% of the jokes are ancient enough to have first been told in Pompeii (the rest are somewhat older); but are played with the carefully-scripted/apparently-improvised style which was FH's trademark. Warning: if the series didn't treat its menfolk even worse, one could easily describe it as misogynistic (it probably is anyway).

If Howerd's peculiar genius (a word often overused; but probably useful in this case) doesn't appeal, avoid like the plague... otherwise: catch it whenever you can....


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